Merritt land use fees to be upped

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Merritt council voted unanimously to adopt the Land Use Fees Amendment Bylaw, which will see fees updated and increased within the Land Use Amendment and Development Approval Procedures Bylaw.

The bylaw was adopted more than a decade ago in 2009.

Manager of Planning and Development Services, Don McArthur, addressed issues with the current Fee Schedule, and presented a report to council.

“Over the past decade, the costs of processing applications have increased,” reads the report.

“The fees charged for permits and processes no longer cover the costs of processing the applications. Additionally, fees for Subdivision applications are not listed in the Land Use Amendment and Development Approval Procedures Schedule B fee schedule. There is a separate bylaw for Subdivision fees (Subdivision Application Fees Bylaw No. 2079, 2009), rather than containing the fees in one location. As a result, residents and developers must refer to multiple documents for information.”

The report also outlines the fact that the Land Use Bylaw is inconsistent with the newly adopted Zoning Bylaw.

Staff examined relevant fees in surrounding municipalities, such as Kamloops, Vernon, West Kelowna, Peachland, Penticton and Oliver and compared them to both Merritt’s current and proposed fees.

To view the changes in fee structure, developers and residents can find the document as an attachment under item 7.3 in the council meeting agenda of Oct. 13 on the City of Merritt website.

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald