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Q3 Financial Update Planning & Development - Statement of Operations
(in thousands of dollars)

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.

  Year to Date Annual
Budget Actual Variance Budget Forecast Variance
Expenses
Compensation $2,803 $2,770 $33 1.2% $3,707 $3,715 $(9) (0.2%)
Administrative 1,434 527 907 63.3% 1,630 1,633 (3) (0.2%)
Operational & Supply 2 4 (2) (123.5%) 3 5 (3) (101.2%)
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 53 50 2 4.7% 61 60 1 2.2%
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 2,733 347 2,387 87.3% 3,082 3,065 17 0.6%
Total Expenses 7,025 3,698 3,327 47.4% 8,482 8,478 4 0.0%
Revenues
By-Law Charges & Sales (809) (780) (29) 3.5% (1,078) (1,005) (73) 6.8%
Other Revenue (195) (350) 155 (79.7%) (260) (257) (3) 1.1%
Total Revenues (1,004) (1,130) 127 (12.6%) (1,338) (1,262) (76) 5.7%
Intercompany Charges
Intercompany Charges (222) (223) 1 (0.3%) (297) (297) 1 (0.3%)
Total Intercompany Charges (222) (223) 1 (0.3%) (297) (297) 1 (0.3%)
Net Expenditure (Revenue) Before Transfers & Indirect Allocations 5,799 2,345 3,454 59.6% 6,847 6,918 (71) (1.0%)
Transfers
Transfers from Funds (3,259) (3,259) - 0.0% (3,509) (3,509) - 0.0%
Transfers to Funds - - - 0.0% 35 35 - 0.0%
Total Transfers (3,259) (3,259) - 0.0% (3,474) (3,474) - 0.0%
Indirect Allocations & Debt
Indirect Allocation 885 846 40 4.7% 1,169 1,175 (7) (0.6%)
Capital Financing Allocation 296 271 25 9.2% 330 301 29 8.8%
Total Indirect Allocations & Debt 1,182 1,117 65 5.5% 1,499 1,477 22 1.5%
Net Expenditure (Revenue) After Transfers & Indirect Allocation $3,721 $202 $3,519 94.6% $4,872 $4,921 $(49) (1.0%)

Variance Analysis (in thousands of dollars)

Administrative

The favourable year-to-date variance of $907 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 $2,387 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 forecasted variance of $73 is primarily due to a quarry review application which is not anticipated to be submitted in 2016 as originally expected.

Other Revenue

The favourable year-to-date variance of $155 relates to the timing of a transfer of development charge revenue which is being used to fund the Municipal Comprehensive Review.

Community Impacts & Achievements

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

  • 17 per cent increase in the number of development applications compared to the same period in 2015.
  • "On-time" response times down 3 per cent from 95.8 per cent adherence in 2015 to 92.8 per cent.
  • 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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