EPC votes for development fee, industry threatens legal action

Facing the threat of a court battle with the home-building industry, Mayor Brian Bowman left city hall Wednesday with a split decision from his inner circle of senior councillors in favour of imposing controversial new fees on residential development.

Bowman and members of his executive policy committee voted 5-2 in favour of the modified impact-fee proposal, which will impose a charge of $9,151.95 on a new 1,800-square-foot home built in the city’s suburban fringe areas effective May 1. The plan goes to council for debate and vote next week.

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