The municipality of Halifax is considering a consultant’s study into how it should calculate and collect infrastructure charges for new developments. The Chronicle Herald reports that last year the council expanded the range of infrastructure projects that would be included in the capital costs for developers; these include swimming pools, libraries and bicycle paths as well as water and sewerage pipes. The municipality’s Peter Duncan says that it wants Halifax to be in line with other areas by having a framework for collecting the charges but the study will also give important information for the city’s housing market: “One of the deliverables from the study is to help council understand what the impact of a new development charge (will have) on the cost of a new home.” The construction sector will be involved in the study he said.
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