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Planning & Development - Quarter 4 Financial Update (2016)

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
Favourable/(Unfavourable)
Expenses
Compensation   $3,707 $3,718 $(12) (0.3%)
Administrative   1,651 851 800 94.0%
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%
Total Expenses   8,503 5,230 3,273 62.6%
Revenues
By-Law Charges & Sales   (1,078) (1,028) (50) 4.8%
Other Revenue   (260) (218) (42) 19.2%
Total Revenues   (1,338) (1,246) (92) 7.4%
Intercompany Charges
Intercompany Charges   (297) (302) 5 (1.6%)
Total Intercompany Charges   (297) (302) 5 (1.6%)
Net Expenditure (Revenue) Before Transfers & Indirect Allocations   6,868 3,682 3,187 86.5%
Transfers
Transfers from Funds   (3,509) (3,509) - 0.0%
Transfers to Funds   35 3,289 (3,254) (98.9%)
Total Transfers   (3,474) (220) (3,254) 1476.7%
Indirect Allocations & Debt
Indirect Allocations   1,169 1,089 81 7.4%
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%)

Variance Analysis (in thousands of dollars)

Planning & Development operated at a deficit after indirect allocations of $66. The following factors contributed to this deficit:

Administrative

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).

Partnership, Rebate, Exemption

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.

By-Law Charges & Sales

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.

Other Revenue

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.

Transfer to Funds

The unfavourable variance of $3,254 relates to the 2016 encumbrances.

Community Impacts & Achievements

Project Updates/Accomplishments

The "Niagara 2041" growth strategy involves the following primary components:

  • Municipal Comprehensive Review - How we Grow, Transportation Master Plan - How we Go and 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 (Port Robinson Development Servicing Agreement)
  • Various grant and incentive programs including: Smarter Niagara Incentive Program, Waterfront, Development Charges, Tax Increment Financing/Tax Increment Grants

Growing Niagara

  • District Plans: Brock, Glendale and Prudhommes
  • "Paradise" Niagara/Thundering Waters development
  • Local Plan Approvals

Supporting Local Communities, Fostering Great Development

  • 16.4 per cent increase in the number of development applications compared to 2015
  • "On-time" response times down three per cent from 95.8 per cent adherence in 2015 to 92.9 per cent
  • Attended approximately 510 pre-consultation 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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