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Planning & Development - Quarter 2 Financial Update (2016)

  Year to Date Annual
Budget Actual Budget vs. Actual Variance Favourable/(Unfavourable) Budget Forecast Budget vs. Forecast Variance Favourable/(Unfavourable)
Expenses
Compensation $1,888,457 $1,810,297 $78,159 4.3% $3,676,517 $3,676,517 - 0.0%
Administrative 1,208,413 348,790 859,624 246.5% 1,669,590 1,659,746 9,844 0.6%
Operational & Supply 1,313 2,683 (1,370) (51.1%) 2,625 3,995 (1,370) (52.2%)
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 44,366 42,269 2,097 5.0% 61,306 60,189 1,117 1.8%
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 2,384,417 216,803 2,167,614 999.8% 3,081,917 3,081,917 - 0.0%
Financial Expenditures - (35) 35 (100.0%) - (35) 35 0.0%
Total Expenses 5,526,966 2,420,806 3,106,159 128.3% 8,491,955 8,482,328 9,627 0.1%
Revenues
By-Law Charges & Sales (539,122) (484,433) (54,689) 11.3% (1,078,244) (990,196) (88,048) 8.2%
Other Revenue (130,000) (4,757) (125,243) 2632.8% (260,000) (259,257) (743) 0.3%
Total Revenues (669,122) (489,190) (179,932) 36.8% (1,338,244) (1,249,453) (88,791) 6.6%
Intercompany Charges
Intercompany Charges (148,282) (160,562) 12,280 (7.6%) (296,564) (308,844) 12,280 (4.1%)
Total Intercompany Charges (148,282) (160,562) 12,280 (7.6%) (296,564) (308,844) 12,280 (4.1%)
Net Expenditure (Revenue) Before Transfers & Indirect Allocations 4,709,562 1,771,055 2,938,507 165.9% 6,857,147 6,924,032 (66,884) (1.0%)
Transfers
Transfers from Funds (3,009,152) (3,009,152) - (0.0%) (3,509,154) (3,509,154) - 0.0%
Total Transfers (3,009,152) (3,009,152) - 0.0% (3,509,154) (3,509,154) - 0.0%
Indirect Allocations & Debt
Indirect Allocation 588,051 565,498 22,553 4.0% 1,167,277 1,214,992 (47,715) (4.1%)
Capital Financing Allocation 179,475 180,534 (1,059) (0.6%) 330,418 306,586 23,832 7.2%
Total Indirect Allocations & Debt 767,526 746,032 21,494 2.9% 1,497,695 1,521,578 (23,883) (1.6%)
Net Expenditure (Revenue) After Transfers & Indirect Allocation $2,467,936 $(492,066) $2,960,001 (601.5%) $4,845,688 $4,936,455 $(90,767) (1.9%)

Variance Analysis

Compensation

The favourable year-to-date variance of $78,159 is a result of vacancies including the Director and Planners within the Community & Long Range Planning division.

Administrative

The favourable year-to-date variance of $859,624 is due to the timing of consulting contracts including: GO Hub & Transit Station Study, Municipal Comprehensive Review, Growth Analytics/New Urban Structure and District Plans.

Partnership, Rebate, Exemption

The favourable year-to-date variance of $2,167,614 relates to the timing of grant payments associated with the Waterfront Investment and Niagara Investment in Culture programs. A modification to the program guidelines caused the initial call for applications to occur later in the year than expected.

By-Law Charges & Sales

The unfavourable year-to-date and forecasted variances of $54,689 and $88,048 are primarily due to a quarry review application which is not anticipated to be submitted in 2016 as originally expected.

Other Revenue

The unfavourable year-to-date variance of $125,243 relates to the transfer of development charge revenue which is being used to fund the Municipal Comprehensive Review. The majority of the expenditures associated with this project will be incurred in the second half of the year.

Community Impacts & Achievements

Planning & Development provides land use planning, development review, growth management policy and implementation services, capacity planning, water and wastewater master planning, complex development engineering, legal agreements for development and growth infrastructure planning to the local area municipalities, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA), development industry and other Regional departments. The department also provides Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code (regulation of outside sewage system) services to nine of the twelve local area municipalities.

Project Updates/Accomplishments

The Region is establishing a growth strategy that will be urban in nature. The "Niagara 2041" growth strategy involves the following primary components:

  • Municipal Comprehensive Review - How we Grow
  • Transportation Master Plan - How we Go
  • Water and Wastewater Master Servicing Plan - How we Flow
  • Coordinated Provincial Review
  • GO Hub and Transit Stations Study
  • Other Initiatives

    Leading/Supporting Regional Council's Strategic Priorities

    • Expedited Process for Development
    • Influence Major Provincial Plan Reviews
    • Global Attractiveness
    • Population growth of 10,000, facilitating development solutions
    • Various grant and incentive programs including: Smarter Niagara Incentive Program, Waterfront, Development Charges, Tax Increment Financing/Tax Increment Grants

    Growing Niagara

    • Focus on Key Centres and Corridors
    • Brock District Plan
    • Prudhommes Development Vision
    • "Paradise" Niagara/Thundering Waters development
    • Local Plan Approvals

    Supporting Local Communities, Fostering Great Development

    • Number of development applications has increased 24% in the 1st half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Consequently, application fees are up 32% over this time last year.
    • "On-time" response times down 3% from 95.8% adherence in 2015 to 92.8%
    • On target to attend approximately 450 preconsultation meetings in 2016

    Building Great Communities - Urban Design

    • Regional facilities and street scraping in core areas
    • Supporting Local Communities - Incentives and Grants
    • Providing assistance to several communities with urban design expertise (e.g. design of Jordan Main @ King Street)
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