A plan by Madawaska Valley to bring in development charges for builders is drawing attention.
Township staff say they’re already getting questions about the proposal which, if approved, would charge a fee to those who are building news homes or businesses.
Development charges are intended to help municipalities maintain levels of services as their populations grow.
Town planner Luke Desjardins is making himself available to members of the public who have questions. He’ll be at the council chamber, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 and again from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9.
A public meeting to discuss the proposal is set for Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. in the council chamber. After that meeting, the proposal will be voted on by town council at a meeting likely later that month.
Township staff has been fielding questions about the plan already. The Township says the charges would not apply to those fixing a house after it’s been damaged. The fees would also not apply to additions to a current house, nor an accessory building like a garage.