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2024 Development Charges Study

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This background study has been prepared pursuant to the requirements of the Development Charges Act, 1997, as amended, (D.C.A.) and, accordingly, recommends development charges (D.C.s) and policies for the Town of Petawawa (Town).

The Town retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (Watson) to undertake the D.C. study process in 2024. Watson worked with the Town’s staff in preparing the D.C. analysis and policy recommendations.

This D.C. background study, containing the proposed D.C. by-laws, will be distributed to members of the public in order to provide interested parties with sufficient background information on the legislation, the study’s recommendations, and an outline of the basis for these recommendations.

This report has been prepared, in the first instance, to meet the statutory requirements applicable to the Town’s D.C. background study, as summarized in Chapter 4. The forecast amount, type, and location of development is summarized in Chapter 3, with technical details provided in Appendix A. Chapters 5 and 6 identify the increase in need by service, calculate the D.C. recoverable capital costs and schedule of charges by type of development. The requirement for “rules” governing the imposition of the D.C. is provided in Chapter 7. The proposed D.C. by-laws, to be made available to the public as part of the approval process, are included as Appendices F through K.

The background study is designed to set out sufficient background on the legislation, the Town’s current D.C. policies (Chapter 2), and the policies underlying the proposed by-laws, to make the exercise understandable to those who are involved. The D.C. background study addresses post-adoption implementation requirements (Chapter 8) which are critical to the successful application of the new policy. The chapters in the report are supported by appendices containing the data required to explain and substantiate the calculation of the charge.


On Monday, June 17, 2024, the Council of the Town of Petawawa will hold a public meeting, pursuant to Section 12 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, as amended, to present and obtain public input on the Municipality’s proposed development charges by-law and underlying background study.

All interested parties are invited to attend the Public Meeting of Council and any person who attends the meeting may make representations relating to the proposed by-law and background study.  The meeting is to be held:

Monday, June 17, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.
Council Chambers
1111 Victoria Street, Petawawa, ON  K8H 2E6

Hard copies of the proposed by-law and Development Charges Background Study  are available at the above location, please call ahead to request a printed copy at 613-687-5536.

Interested persons may express their comments at the Public Meeting or in writing, addressed to the Town Clerk, at the above address or by email by Wednesday, June 12, 2024, and such written submissions will be placed before Council at the meeting. Email submissions can be sent to the Town Clerk at


An Addendum to the 2024 Development Charges Background Study was isueed on June 21, 2024.   The addendum is posted below under "Downloads". 



TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Town of Petawawa passed By-law 1675/24, being a By-law to impose development charges on the 8th day of July 2024 under Section 2 (1) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, S.O., 1997 c. 27, as amended;

AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or organization may appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal under Section 14 of the Act, in respect of the development charges by-law, by filing with the Clerk of the Town of Petawawa on or before the 18th day of August 2024 a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the by-law and the reasons supporting the objection.

Contact Information:
Colin Howard, Director of Legislative Services/Clerk
Town of Petawawa
1111 Victoria Street
Petawawa, ON   K8H 2E6
Phone:  613-687-5536  ext. 2002