Presentation on theme: "Legal & Development Services Commission Planning Building & By-Laws Legal Services Economic Development Legal & Development Services Budget Highlights."— Presentation transcript:
Legal & Development Services Commission Planning Building & By-Laws Legal Services Economic Development Legal & Development Services Budget Highlights
CHALLENGES 1.Revenues 2.Global Economic Conditions Affecting Manufacturing 3.Downtown Financial Incentive Program Demand Exceeds Available Funding 4.Potential Litigation
LDS Planning Department Budget Highlights CHALLENGE Planning revenue shortfall due to limited land base for greenfield development and international economic factors RESPONSES 1.Build on the previous DAAP fee establishment exercise, new revenue opportunities are being identified such as: Increased per unit application fee for residential subdivision, condo and site plan to partially offset cost of special studies such as Transformational plan, secondary plans etc.; Increased site plan fee for high rise office commercial projects; New charge to recover part of Town’s costs on third party OMB appeals.
LDS Planning Department Budget Highlights CHALLENGE Planning revenue shortfall due to limited land base for greenfield development and international economic factors RESPONSES 2.Plan to position Town to be Redevelopment Ready 3.Additional staff requests postponed 4.Temporary absences of staff (parental leave) not being backfilled
LDS Building & By-laws Department Budget Highlights CHALLENGE Maintain/Increase Bylaw Revenues RESPONSES 1.Consider parking exemption fee; 2.Eliminate night shift from May 24th to Labour day;
LDS Building & By-laws Department Budget Highlights CHALLENGE Building Permit Revenue - Economic Downturn RESPONSES 1.Replace full-time staff with part-time contract of 3 days per week; 2.Increase fees by 3.75%; 3.Use of reserve built up from above average years;
LDS Legal Services Budget Highlights CHALLENGE Revenue Shortfall related to reduction in development and residential subdivision applications and registrations RESPONSES 1.Identify and implement new revenue opportunities such as providing legal services to outside agencies and organizations like Newmarket Hydro and other area municipalities 2.Ensure that fees are charged and collected for all legal work 3.Review contracts for external counsel and consultants
LDS Legal Services Budget Highlights CHALLENGE Potential litigation such as OMB appeals, court challenges to Town by-laws etc. that require Town representation and/or outside consultants or external counsel RESPONSES 1.Review staffing levels to determine ability of Town staff to respond and participate in future litigation matters 2.Review contracts with external counsel and outside consultants to determine cost/benefit of retaining outside consultants to represent the Town 3.Review issues in dispute to determine feasibility/ reasonableness of settling action short of a court/tribunal hearing
LDS Economic Development Budget Highlights CHALLENGE Global Economic Conditions Affecting Manufacturing RESPONSES Ensure Newmarket remains a cost competitive manufacturing investment location. Partner with Province to facilitate Adjustment Advisory Programs (AAP) where downsizing occurs. Market vacant manufacturing facilities directly and through various established networks.
LDS Economic Development Budget Highlights CHALLENGE Downtown Financial Incentive Program Demand Exceeds Available Funding RESPONSES 1.Enhanced Prioritization and Screening of Applicants 2.Minimize discretionary funding levels/usage within specific programs. 3.Refer applicants to other funding programs where possible: e.g. energy efficiency.