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 (in thousands of dollars)|
|Budget||Actual||Budget vs Actual Variance
|Operational & Supply||3||10||(7)||(72.9%)|
|Equipment, Vehicles, Technology||61||55||7||12.2%|
|Partnership, Rebate, Exemption||3,082||596||2,485||416.7%|
|By-Law Charges & Sales||(1,078)||(1,028)||(50)||4.8%|
|Total Intercompany Charges||(297)||(302)||5||(1.6%)|
|Net Expenditure (Revenue) Before Transfers & Indirect Allocations||6,868||3,682||3,187||86.5%|
|Transfers from Funds||(3,509)||(3,509)||-||0.0%|
|Transfers to Funds||35||3,289||(3,254)||(98.9%)|
|Indirect Allocations & Debt|
|Capital Financing Allocation||330||410||(80)||(19.4%)|
|Total Indirect Allocations & Debt||1,500||1,499||1||0.1%|
|Net Expenditure (Revenue) After Transfers & Indirect Allocation||$4,894||$4,960||$(66)||(1.3%)|
Planning & Development operated at a deficit after indirect allocations of $66. The following factors contributed to this deficit:
The favourable variance of $800 is due to the timing of consulting contracts. The unspent budget has been committed to the following consulting projects and are included in the 2016 encumbrances reported in Transfers to Funds: GO Hub & Transit Station Study ($555), Municipal Comprehensive Review ($82), updating the Aggregate Resources Policies ($43), Landscape Architecture for Regional Headquarters ($38), Canada 150 Grant Application ($25), Master Servicing Plan ($25), Planning for employment lands ($19), market research & housing strategy proposal ($14) and a Niagara On The Lake Hydrologic Assessment ($10).
The favourable variance of $2,485 relates primarily to the timing of grant payments associated with the Waterfront Investment ($2,353) and WaterSmart programs ($90). These grant payments have been committed and are included in the 2016 encumbrances reported in Transfers to Funds.
The unfavourable variance of $50 is primarily due to a quarry review application for $102 which was not submitted in 2016 as originally expected, offset by higher than anticipated other development application revenues.
The unfavourable variance of $42 primarily relates to a lower transfer of development charge revenue which is being used to partially fund the Municipal Comprehensive Review where there were lower than anticipated 2016 expenditures.
The unfavourable variance of $3,254 relates to the 2016 encumbrances.
The "Niagara 2041" growth strategy involves the following primary components:
Leading/Supporting Regional Council's Strategic Priorities
Supporting Local Communities, Fostering Great Development
Building Great Communities - Urban Design