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Development Charges Updates 2021

Grey County is undergoing a Development Charges Background Study to ensure charges are meeting the goals of Grey County as we continue to experience growth and increased demand on services. 

Draft Study

Download Draft Development Charges Background Study

Draft By-Laws



For more information, please see the Public Notice.

Why Issue Development Charges?

Development charges are used to pay capital projects that are needed to meet the increased demand for services and infrastructure that is generated by growth. More people mean more vehicles on our roads and more demand for ambulances and health services.

Development charges are fees charged to each new development that offset these increased costs. The charges can only be used for specific projects. Without development charges, the bill for increasing or improving services gets added to the property taxes of current residents. Development charges are payable at the time a building permit is issued.

2021 Development Charges


Single and semi-detached Residential
(per unit)
Row Housing and Other Multiple Residential
(per unit)
(per unit)
Wind Turbine
(per unit)

Non Residential

2021 Charge $7,524 $5,239 $4,447 $2,686 No Charge


Every municipality is required to review their development charges every five years and Grey County required updated information and rates in 2017. Hemson Consulting Ltd. was hired to prepare the Development Charges Background Study. They worked with the Development Charges Steering Committee and staff to analyze the County’s growth trends and required capital projects in order to recommend rates.

During the review, the Committee recommended a change in how residential development charges are calculated in order to support improved affordability. Instead of having charges based on the square footage of the building, the calculation will now be based on the type of development and the number of units. Higher density development will pay a lower per unit charge than a single or semi detached dwelling.

A stakeholder information session was held on August 25, 2016, to get feedback from stakeholders and a public meeting was held on September 6, 2016.  Comments received at these meetings were considered by the Development Charges Steering Committee before they made their recommendations to County Council.

2016 Development Charges Background Study and Development Charges By-laws

Stakeholder Information Session Presentation - August 25, 2016

Current By-laws

Notice Related to Development Charges By-Laws

Grey County passed amendments to the Development Charges By-law at the January 14th 2021 County Council meeting. 

Specific development charges inquiries should be directed to Randy Scherzer, Director of Planning & Development at (519) 372-0219 ext. 1237 or Mary Lou Spicer, Director of Finance at (519) 372-0219 ext 1263