Devel­op­ment costs passed onto buyer

The Welland Tribune - - OPINION -

Fur­ther to my pre­vi­ous let­ter re­gard­ing Ni­a­gara Re­gion’s new devel­op­ment charges by­law.

Our politi­cians be­lieve de­vel­op­ers and new devel­op­ment only should pay for new devel­op­ment in­fra­struc­ture. Some­one should wake them up and tell them to quit fool­ing the pub­lic.

De­vel­op­ers sim­ply pass the added costs on to the pur­chaser to re­main in busi­ness.

If there was so much money to be made in land devel­op­ment, why are mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties not de­vel­op­ing land like they used to years ago and sell­ing ser­viced lots to builders? I would guess it’s be­cause of the fear of risk, and fear of their own reg­u­la­tions which are much eas­ier to en­force on some­one else.

The new regional devel­op­ment charges will be $15,544 for new sin­gle fam­ily homes, in­creas­ing to $17,569 in 2019, with some home cat­e­gories in­creas­ing as much as 450 per cent. This is to­tal war, es­pe­cially on our naive and un­sus­pect­ing youth whose dreams of ever own­ing a new home have van­ished and who are now pur­chas­ing less than five per cent of new homes. They are be­ing forced into their par­ents’ base­ments or build­ings that are un­fit to be lived in.

Yet our politi­cians keep in­sist­ing de­vel­op­ers should be the ones to pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing, and keep en­act­ing new reg­u­la­tions to that ef­fect.

Keep it up, Regional Chair­man Alan Caslin and en­tourage. You are do­ing an ex­cel­lent job of en­hanc­ing home­less­ness, poverty and de­spair among our youth.

Frank Memme Wain­fleet

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