Sharing the Costs of a Growing City: The Case for Development Charges

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Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

1 Devonshire Place

Room 108, North House

Toronto, ON M5S 3K7

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New development is essential to supporting a growing city but it also leads to added costs for municipal governments. New housing developments often require new or expanded infrastructure, including roads, sewers, and water treatment plants.

There is ongoing debate on how cities should pay for this growth-related capital. Some argue that user fees and property tax revenues are sufficient to cover these costs, and that development charges on developers will likely result in increased housing prices.

On March 19, economist Adam Found will argue that, in fact, development charges offer the best way for cities to pay for growth-related capital because they limit the burden on both new and existing residents and fulfill a basic principle of municipal finance: that growth should pay for growth. Found will present research indicating that relying on user fees and property taxes to pay for growth-related capital is, in comparison to development charges, inefficient and unfair.

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Adam Found holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Professional Land Economist designation from the Association of Ontario Land Economists. Having specialized in the public finance field, he has written several peer-reviewed publications on such topics as property taxation, business tax competitiveness, infrastructure financing, and municipal governance. Adam is the Metropolitan Policy Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, one of Canada’s leading public policy research centres, and is part-time faculty at Trent University’s Department of Economics. He is also Manager of Corporate Assets at the City of Kawartha Lakes, where he oversees the capital planning, capital budgeting, and development charges portfolios. Adam continues to work in the municipal, academic, public policy, and consulting sectors with a focus on public finance at the provincial and municipal levels of government.


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Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

1 Devonshire Place

Room 108, North House

Toronto, ON M5S 3K7

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