DURHAM REGION HOMEBUILDERS' ASSOCIATION
Durham Region Home Builders' Association and Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) support today’s provincial government action to combat rising COVID-19 cases. While new home building and renovations may continue with strict protocols in place, the industry recognizes the important responsibility that comes with being an essential workplace designation.
“The members of the Durham Region Home Builders' Association have been enhancing their health and safety protocols by providing additional sanitation, applying physical distancing rules, illness reporting and logging the number of workers on job sites. Builders, renovators and suppliers are all working to keep our workers, clients and communities safe,”says Johnathan Schickedanz, DRHBA president.
Today’s announcement is a necessary step to curb the growth in cases and support the health care system while the process of vaccination ramps up. Under the measures announced this afternoon, construction activities and supporting services may continue with enhanced COVID-19 protocols and inspections in place. Sales centres for new developments must move to virtual and/or appointment only.
“We all want to be safe at home and at work,” said Joe Vaccaro, CEO of OHBA. “With these new restrictions, the Ontario government continues to make public safety the priority. Across Ontario, industry members have been continuously enhancing their health and safety and COVID-19 protocols. All of our members, from builders to renovators to suppliers, will continue to focus on public and worker safety while ensuring that thousands of families get the keys to the homes they have been waiting for across Ontario.”
View the province's full list of regulations here.
Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board passed their respective EDC bylaws on December 16, 2020.
The new rates will come into effect on January 1, 2021.
View/download KPRDSB Bylaw
View/download PVNCCDSB Bylaw
Last week the provincial government passed legislative amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act and the Planning Act, as set out in the Budget Measures Act (Bill 229), which are intended to:
A summary of the legislative amendments is below (from www.ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-2646):
The province made further changes to the Conservation Authorities Act to streamline the role of CAs in permitting and land use planning as well to ensure timely decisions are made in relation to permits required under section 28 of the Act including:
The provincial government also made an amendment to the Planning Act to add CAs to subsection 1 (2) of the Planning Act. This amendment makes CAs part of the Province’s one window planning approach. This means that a CA can not, as a public body under that Act, appeal a decision to LPAT or become a party to an appeal before LPAT. Municipalities and the Province can continue to work with CAs and rely on their advice and support where they want it during an LPAT appeal.
A number of additional amendments were made through the Standing Committee process, including a new section added to Schedule 6 that requires a CA to issue a permit when the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing issues Ministers Zoning Orders (MZO). Additional amendments regarding Board governance were made to ensure that at least 70% of CA appointees are selected from among the members of a municipal council as well as other amendments regarding stop work orders. Furthermore, amendments allow CAs to appeal or be party to an appeal as a public body, under certain provisions of the Planning Act in the context of prescribed natural hazards matters.
MECP will be posting additional regulatory proposals for public feedback in 2021 on a series of regulations and policies to further support the goals of the review of CAs. The Province is creating a working group to help implement changes to CAs. Hassaan Basit, President and CEO of Conservation Halton will chair the new group which will provide input on the development of proposed regulations under the Conservation Authorities Act, and on how CAs are governed.
While Durham Region is currently in the "Red" zone, it could be changed to "Grey/Lockdown" at any time. Following a change in Regulation 82/20 (5.(1)), all businesses that are in the Grey/Lockdown level and remain open are required to have a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan in place.
The province has made available a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan template, which you can use to create your own plan for your business.
In addition, OHBA has provided a slide deck from IHSA, Navigating COVID-19 Health and Safety through Winter, that offers great information to help keep your staff safe.
OHBA has also created a document that will guide you through creating a COVID-19 Workplace Screening Form.
As the new regulatory framework for HCRA and Tarion move to the February 1st date, both organizations have released documents outlining some new processes and policies.
HCRA has released:
HCRA also has a list of webinars they are hosting in January you can register for to get more information.
Visit Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) for more information.
Tarion has also launched a consultation on documents related to the February 1st HCRA role:
Learn more here: Tarion Seeking Feedback on New Agreements and Changes to Builder Bulletins.
The Town of Whitby has opened their second consultation phase and released more background information on their review.
The second phase of consultation opened on December 1 and will be closing on January 8, 2021. This consultation period will cover the information included in staff report CS 50-20, including the draft capital forecast and draft rates. This report also includes DRHBA's initial submission and the Town's response.
It should be noted that Whitby's current development charge bylaw does not expire until March 24, 2022. As the Town is updating their bylaw one year early, DRHBA has asked for the timelines to be extended to allow for more fulsome discussion.
A snapshot of the proposed increase:
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Stacey.
The Town of Ajax has advised DRHBA that there was an error in the Development Charge Background Study Amendment related to the calculations used for determining the DC recoverable cost of growth-related studies.
The charge that was calculated in the original DCBS Amendment was understated. As a result, the recoverable charge will increase. For example: single and semi-detached dwelling rates will increase by $17 per unit. The non-residential rate is unchanged.
An addendum to the study was prepared by the Town's consultants, Watson & Associates, to clarify and correct this error.
The addendum is posted at: https://www.ajax.ca/en/inside-townhall/resources/Finance/Reports/2018-DCBS-Update---Addendum.pdf
On November 30th, the municipality of Clarington hosted a public meeting on their proposed new development charge bylaw. The bylaw was scheduled to be voted on by council at the December 14th meeting.
However, as DRHBA and the municipality are currently involved in discussions surrounding the new bylaw, EO Stacey Hawkins requested at the meeting that the vote be postponed until the January 18th, 2021 council meeting. This request was granted unanimously.
DRHBA will continue to work with stakeholders, Altus Group and the municipality of Clarington. If any members have comments, concerns or questions regarding the proposed new development charge bylaw, please contact Stacey.
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