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ODCA Meets with Minister Findlay

On behalf of the ODCA, Duane met with Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, the Minister of National Revenue on what the ODCA would like to see in the upcoming budget that would benefit our industry in our community.

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Winner of Free 2017 Membership

Congatulations to Paul Turner from Windward Developments who is the winner of the draw for a free 2017 Membership.

Huge DCC Rate Hikes Adandoned

"Thank you to the ODCA members for your diligence and persistence in this matter"

By Julie Bertrand
Oceanside Star
January 23, 2014

Parksville council voted Monday to increase development cost charges for a single-family residential unit by 0.12 per cent they were initially considering. Read Attached Artcle for more.

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City Needs To Steer Clear of This Business Model - Article in the PQ News

By Kim Burden
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Published: September 24, 2013 11:00 AM

There is a business model that seems to be gaining traction that I strongly suggest you stay clear of. The model could be called the overinflated model.
The principal is to calculate your operating costs and then divide it by the number of customers you think you may have and that is the product price. If your customer number is low it doesn’t matter, you just increase the unit price to ensure you cover your operating cost.

Sound familiar? It should. BC Ferries have continued to increase its prices even when the number of passengers using the service is dropping and now the City of Parksville is exploring the concept for its proposed development cost charges (DCC) bylaw.

In 2008, the city increased the DCCs and ended up with 40 per cent less revenue than they had projected. Why? Development dollars are mobile. We are surrounded by cheaper development and building costs in the Regional District of Nanaimo and while people living in the regional district do not receive the same quality of services (snow removal, etc.), they do have access to the same parks, libraries, recreational facilities and many other services that are available to Parksville taxpayers.

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Fee Hikes Shock Builders

By Brain Wilford
Oceanside Star
July 10, 2013

The city of Parksville's proposal to hike development cost charges by more than 50% has come as a "shock" to the local construction industry, says Duane Round, president of the Oceanside Development & Construction Association.

The ODCA had been told by the city that it would be evaluating its DCCs, charged to developers to cover the costs of additional water and sewer lines and so on, once it had completed its review of the Official Community Plan, Round said, but ODCA members "didn't know the extent" of the increases and "didn't realize" the city was so far advanced in the process as to give the necessary bylaws first reading last week.

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