Development Application Fee Rebate Program

Development application fee rebate

The Development Application Fee Rebate Program aims to encourage development and redevelopment in all sectors. The program reduces the financial burden on landowners and business owners who are expanding/relocating or creating new businesses. It is intended to provide financial assistance to developments that have the ability to have a significant impact on the creation of full-time employment and increase the non-residential tax base. 

Development Application Fee Rebate Program application

Three-tiered format

The three-tiered program is intended to provide an incentive program that recognizes the significant benefits of larger development in terms of job creation and tax assessment and provides an incentive that is scaled accordingly. The new three-tiered system incentives are based on the amount of square footage and full-time positions being created. Rebates can be up to 50 per cent of the application fee to a maximum of $15,000 for a single application. For multiple applications, rebates can be up to 75 per cent to a maximum of $50,000 per property.

Tier 1

50 per cent of application fee up to a maximum of $10,000 or 50 per cent up to a maximum of $20,000 for multiple applications.

Tier 2

50 per cent of application fee up to a maximum of $15,000 and 50 per cent up to a maximum of $30,000 for multiple applications.

Tier 3

50 per cent of application fee up to a maximum of $15,000 and 75 per cent up to a maximum of $50,000 for multiple applications.

Rebates assist with application fees associated with:

  • Minor Variance
  • Zoning Amendment
  • Official Plan Amendment
  • Site Plan Application
  • Industrial Plan of Subdivision/Condominium

Eligibility requirements

All landowners/business operators who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply, subject to the availability of funding as approved by Council.
 
Applicants must demonstrate that the development application(s) for which the rebate has been applied:

Tier 1 Program

  • has the potential to create or retain 5-10 full time jobs and /or;
  • results in the creation of a minimum of 1,500 - 5,000 sq. ft. of new floor area.

Tier 2 Program

  • has the potential to create or retain 11-25 full time jobs and/or;
  • results in the creation of a minimum of 5,001 - 49,000 sq. ft. of new floor area.

Tier 3 Program

  • has the potential to create or retain 25+ full time jobs and/or;
  • results in the creation of a minimum of 50,000 sq. ft. of new floor area.

Business success stories

Weller Tree Service expands in Georgina

Development in Georgina Ontario
 
If you’re a long-time Georgina resident, you more than likely know someone who worked for Weller Tree Service growing up. The business is deeply rooted in the Town’s identity, being one of the longest family-run businesses in the area.
 
The company was founded by Robert Franklin Weller in 1917 and is now being run by a third generation. They are one of the largest privately owned tree companies in all of Ontario with more than 150 employees, working for different municipalities from Toronto to Midland and Hydro Commissions across Ontario. They sit on many industry boards and are a key partner in assisting the Canadian Food and Drug Agency deal with the Asian Long-Horned Beetle infestation.
 
Rapid growth moved the company into a new phase of their story: expansion. Their first location near Keswick’s uptown business area outgrew their needs. A new location on McCowan Road in Georgina’s rural landscape was purchased and an exciting chapter began.
 
The Economic Development and Tourism Division worked closely with the Weller family to assist them in their new expansion plans. Weller Tree Service was one of the Town’s first Development Fee Rebate applications processed since the program’s approval by Council in 2018.
 
The purpose of the development application fee rebate program is to encourage development and redevelopment in the Industrial, Commercial (excluding retail and service commercial) and Institutional Sectors. This program is to reduce the financial burden on landowners and business owners who are expanding/relocating or creating new businesses. To find out more about the program visit choosegeorgina.ca.
 
Weller Tree Service is a true Georgina business success story. Their rooted history and impressive portfolio of work will forever be part of the Town’s identity.
 
To learn more about the expert tree services they offer, visit wellertreeservice.ca.

 


Town support

The Town understands a seamless approval process and support will help businesses start sooner, which in turn saves money. The Business Class Program was created for this reason. It begins with an introductory meeting to discuss investor’s aspirations and how the Town can support them. If you have any questions or how the Town can support, please contact Karyn Stone at 905-476-4301 ext. 2312, kstone@georgina.ca or Sean Columbus at 905-476-4301 ext. 2330, scolumbus@georgina.ca


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