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Planning & Development Statement of Operations - Quarter 2 Financial Update (2017) (in thousands of dollars)

  Year to Date Annual
Budget Actual Budget vs. Actual Variance Favourable/(Unfavourable) Budget Forecast Budget vs. Forecast Variance Favourable/(Unfavourable)
Expenses
Compensation $2,218 $1,798 $420 18.9% $4,396 $3,932 $464 10.6%
Administrative 1,130 287 842 74.6% 1,473 1,469 4 0.3%
Operational & Supply 1 9 -7 (561.8%) 3 10 -7 (280.9%)
Occupancy & Infrastructure 0 0 0 0.0% 0 0 0 0.0%
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 18 26 -8 (45.4%) 36 45 -8 (22.7%)
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 3,137 515 2,622 83.6% 3,832 3,074 758 19.8%
Financial Expenditures 0 0 0 0.0% 0 0 0 0.0%
Total Expenses 6,504 2,635 3,869 59.5% 9,741 8,530 1,211 12.4%
Revenues
Federal & Provincial Grants -13 -50 38 (300.0%) -50 -50 0 0.0%
By-Law Charges & Sales -511 -552 41 (8.0%) -1,022 -1,033 11 (1.1%)
Other Revenue -229 -3 -226 98.7% -457 -274 -183 40.1%
Total Revenues -752 -605 -147 19.6% -1,529 -1,357 -173 11.3%
Intercompany Charges
Intercompany Charges -145 -144 -1 0.7% -290 -289 -1 0.4%
Total Intercompany Charges -145 -144 -1 0.7% -290 -289 -1 0.4%
Net Expenditure (Revenue) Before Transfers & Indirect Allocations 5,607 1,887 3,720 66.4% 7,921 6,884 1,037 13.1%
Transfers
Transfers From Funds -3,804 -3,804 0 0.0% -4,354 -4,354 0 0.0%
Transfers To Funds 0 0 0 0.0% 0 766 -766 0.0%
Total Transfers -3,804 -3,804 0 0.0% -4,354 -3,588 -766 17.6%
Indirect Allocations & Debt
Indirect Allocation 447 468 -21 (4.7%) 1,015 1,114 -99 (9.7%)
Capital Financing Allocation 564 560 4 0.8% 632 628 4 0.7%
Total Indirect Allocations & Debt 1,011 1,028 -17 (1.6%) 1,648 1,742 -94 (5.7%)
Net Expenditure (Revenue) After Transfers & Indirect Allocation 2,814 -889 3,704 131.6% 5,215 5,038 177 3.4%

Variance Analysis (in thousands of dollars)

Planning & Development is operating a year-to-date surplus before indirect allocations of $3,720 and forecasting a total surplus before indirect allocations of $271. The following factors have contributed to these variances:

Compensation

The favourable year-to-date and forecasted variance of $420 and $464 is due to the timing of launching program changes approved with in the 2017 budget and managing vacancies. This has resulted in delays to the Regional Official Plan and other special projects.

Administration

The favourable year-to-date variance of $842 is due to timing of consulting expenditures involving the economic incentive review, growth analytics and the new urban structure, and the new Regional official plan.

Partnership, Rebate, Exemption

The favourable year-to-date and forecasted variance of $2,622 and $759 relates to incentive payments awaiting project completion and unspent grants for Waterfront Investment Program ($766) which has been transferred back to the reserve.

Other Revenue

The unfavourable year-to-date and forecasted variance of $226 and $183 primarily relates to a lower transfer of development charge revenue which is being used to partially fund the Municipal Comprehensive Review and Official Plan including related compensation and consulting dollars.

Transfer to Funds

The unfavourable forecasted variance of $766 relates to unspent funds in the Waterfront Investment Program transferred back to the reserve.

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

Planning & Development provides land use planning, development review, growth management policy and implementation services, capacity planning, water and wastewater master planning, development engineering, development agreements and growth infrastructure planning. The department also provides Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code (regulation of on-site septic/sewage system) services to nine of the twelve local area municipalities.

Project Updates/Accomplishments

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

  • Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) - How we Grow, Transportation Master Plan (TMP) - How we Go and Water and Wastewater Master Servicing Plan (MSP) - How we Flow. The TMP and MSP component of Niagara 2041 are now complete. The MCR process has been put on hold until the Province releases their land budget methodology at the end of the year.

Other Initiatives

Leading/Supporting Regional Council's Strategic Priorities

  • GO Hub and Transit Stations Study
  • Expedited Process for Development
  • 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
  • Influence Major Provincial Plan Reviews: input on the Coordinated Plan Review process.

Supporting Local Communities, Fostering Great Development

  • 89% increase in development application revenues between 2014-2017
  • 93% increase in pre-consultations between 2014-2017

Building Great Communities - Urban Design

  • Regional facilities and streetscapes in core areas
  • Supporting Local Communities - Incentives and Grants
  • Providing assistance to several communities with urban design expertise
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