New homes in Calgary’s newest outlying communities may get more expensive in the immediate future as City Council approved a five-year deal that will see local developers cover an increased portion of the cost of infrastructure development.
The new levy agreement will more than double the $7,000 per home fee that developers currently pay by adding another approximately $8,000 to the fee. Neither side has claimed a victory in the negotiation and final agreement as some industry members claim they are now saddled with too heavy a burden while Mayor Naheed Nenshi was quoted as saying “I think we could have got a better deal...I think we could have been a little more aggressive.”
The spinoff effect for local new home buyers remains to be seen. Some developers have said the increase will be passed on 100% to buyers in the form of higher prices however it would be hard to imagine that an immediate $8,000 increase will be the norm across the board.
For more information and additional insights and commentary on the new levy agreement, click on the links below to the related Calgary Herald and canada.com articles.