Oakville Homes

September 19, 2011

Cambridge bridge issues show why Development Charges necessary.


DEVELOPMENT CHARGES:  Levied by the municipality to ensure that the cost of development by developers and builders is not fully laid on the backs of the taxpayer.

Development requires infrastructure – new and upgraded in order to ensure that the community is able to enjoy the growth in the future.  Development Charges ensure we can enjoy without excessive taxing.  For some taxpayers, we paid the freight while the development community reaped the financial benefits.  The Milton water pipe is a prime example of politics, donations, taxpayer shafting and developer enrichment.

An article in the Cambridge Times titled:” City studies Blackbridge Road” is an example of why we need Development Charges and that the OMB should back off and stop reducing the levies brought out by responsible municipal councils.  And, what is said in the article and this blog could apply to any developer in the world.  I just find it ironic that this article features Mattamy Homes, the prime builder who protested the Halton Development charges – to the point of flooding a Halton council meeting with workers taken from their jobs by numerous buses, all without knowing why they were there. (according to Mr.Peter Pomeroy – ex Halton Chairman and now Mattamy employee)

According to the Cambridge Times article,  “Coun. Rick Cowsill said the volume of traffic using Blackbridge Road had increased dramatically since the development of the Mattamy Homes subdivision and it is now “shaking the bridge apart”.

And, Cambridge is going to spend $285,000 to complete a study of the impact development has had on the infrastructure,  “in the area of Blackbridge Road from Baldwin Drive to Townline Road, including the railway crossing and bridge, and Townline Road from River Road to Blackbridge Road”.

This is just for the study.

Imagine if the bridge needs upgrading to absorb the extra traffic.  Traffic caused by the Mattamy development that destroyed the “Forbes Wetland”.

So, it would seem that our master planner, Mattamy Homes, is being accused of not only destroying a sensitive wetland but is now responsible for causing the taxpayer money to repair infrastructure degrading due to the extra traffic caused by the Hespeler sub-division.  Now, you will understand why RESPONSIBLE politicians are pushing for a fair development charge to ensure that the cost of development is not borne by the taxpayer.

Mattamy – they protest and ship in bus loads of workers.  Just who is the responsible group looking after our community?  Profiteers or council?
Mr. Gilgan has threatened me with legal remedies for telling the truth.  A truth which shows why he is the billionaire and you are the shafted taxpayer forking out your salaries to ensure that the growth which will occur brings more profit to the developers and more taxes to you the taxpayer.  Something both McGuinty and Hudak seem to do nothing about and let the OMB strike down or reduce development charges.

So, remember when the politician calls for your support ask the following – do you receive political donations from developers and builders and, do you agree in development charges that ensure the taxpayer isn’t made to pay.  You’ll note in the last municipal election, quite a few candidates refused development donations.  Why can’t our provincial candidates?

Note:  I invite Mattamy Homes, Mr. Gilgan and their legal representatives to review the above blog and if they have any issue with the FACTS, please let me know so that I can review any changes that might be necessary.

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirement when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed.


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