Inclusion of Emergency Response and Fire Service Costs in Development Fees
Therefore be it resolved that the SUMA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan to consider the addition of Emergency Response and Fire Service expenditures as an allowable cost under the Planning and Development Act, 2007.
Response Ensuring appropriate municipal infrastructure and services are provided for at the time of development is essential for reducing infrastructure deficits. As such, servicing agreements and development levies are effective tools available to municipalities for ensuring cost effective, sustainable infrastructure is in place to support the market demand for new growth. Municipal Affairs will consider this request as part of its continuing process of ensuring that the planning legislation meets the needs of all municipalities in the province and is supportive of economic and municipal growth. Through the Municipal Sector Strategic Planning process, Municipal Affairs is initiating meetings with representatives of the municipal planning directors, city managers and the development industry to discuss expanding the list of times for which servicing fees and development levies can be charged, including costs related to fire protection.