Council defers Woodview development charges
A city decision to retroactively defer just over $19,000 in development charges to Woodview Children's Centre will help the youth-focused mental health organization expand its Park Road North facility.
Woodview had already paid the development charges in order to start work on a 3,000-square-foot addition, but executive director Cindy l'Anson appeared before city council's committee of the whole last week to ask for a refund.
“Although we have funding through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, these funds are restricted for the services we provide,” l'Anson said. “We have had to raise all of the capital for this (construction) project through various means and therefore any reprieve we could have in terms of development charges would be very much appreciated.”
Contact Brant refers youth and families who need help with depression, anxiety, bullying and autism to Woodview, the main provider of children and youth mental health services in Brantford. During the first six months of 2012, Contact Brant saw a 40 per cent increase in demand for service.
Construction on the building addition began in August. After the expansion, Contact Brant and Developmental Services Ontario will share space with Woodview, reducing overhead costs for all three organizations.
“This shared space arrangement will make children's mental health services more accessible in Brantford by having intake and service delivery under one roof,” l'Anson said.
In the past, the city has deferred development charges for not-for-profit organizations. Under these arrangements, payments are deferred without interest and repaid in installments.
City staff recommended the deferral for Woodview, which passed unanimously.