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Coun­cil ap­proves tax re­bate plan for Wind­sor’s down­town, Mill Is­land

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - BY COLIN CHISHOLM HANTSJOURNAL.CA

Mem­bers of Wind­sor coun­cil of­fi­cially ap­proved es­tab­lish­ing a Com­mer­cial De­vel­op­ment District in the down­town core — giv­ing an in­cen­tive to prop­erty own­ers to ren­o­vate or de­velop prop­er­ties in the des­ig­nated area, while get­ting a re­bate on tax as­sess­ment in­creases.

Coun­cil­lors are hope­ful that this mea­sure will boost de­vel­op­ment and in­ter­est in Wind­sor’s down­town and the Mill Is­land prop­erty, for­merly known as Nova Sco­tia Tex­tiles, which is also in­cluded in the CDD.

The amend­ment to the mu­nic­i­pal plan­ning strat­egy was ap­proved unan­i­mously by coun­cil.

Dur­ing a pub­lic hear­ing, there were no writ­ten or oral ques­tions or com­ments from the pub­lic that were for or against the pro­posal.

The CDD cur­rently en­com­passes what is con­sid­ered to be the down­town core and Mill Is­land, but there’s the po­ten­tial to ex­pand the district in the fu­ture. That would re­quire coun­cil amend­ing the mu­nic­i­pal plan­ning strat­egy again.

What is a Com­mer­cial De­vel­op­ment District or CDD?

The Province of Nova Sco­tia passed Bill 177 in 2016, which al­lows mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to es­tab­lish a CDD.

A CDD is a de­vel­op­ment sup­port pro­gram es­tab­lished to aid own­ers of el­i­gi­ble prop­er­ties in a spec­i­fied district by pro­vid­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of an an­nual par­tial re­bate on taxes paid by the owner if the owner has un­der­taken de­vel­op­ment of their el­i­gi­ble prop­erty through an agree­ment with the town.

How it works

For ex­am­ple, if you start with a prop­erty as­sessed at $100,000, the as­sess­ment in­creases to $250,000 fol­low­ing de­vel­op­ment.

The dif­fer­ence is a $150,000 in­crease in as­sessed value.

The tax in­cen­tive, through CDD, is based on 50 per cent of the in­creased as­sess­ment, or $75,000.

Taxes on $75,000 will then be re­bated over 10 years.

LAURA CHURCHILL DUKE

Grade 8 stu­dent Jes­sica Dionne, right, helps Grade 1 stu­dent Liam Caines dec­o­rate his cup­cake at the Easter car­ni­val at KCA. Dionne is one of the stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­change, who will be tour­ing with Que­bec stu­dents around Nova Sco­tia this...

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