An off-site levy is one of several financing sources that municipalities use to pay for infrastructure costs associated with growth. Off-site levy charges are used to transparently and equitably allocate off-site infrastructure capital costs to those that benefit (i.e., this ensures that growth pays for growth).
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To calculate off-site levy rates, the City uses the Corvus model, which projects the infrastructure required to support and maintain cost-effective and orderly growth. The City has allocated those costs to the lands in nodes that will benefit from the new or expanded infrastructure so that developers and people subdividing land will pay an amount proportionate to the area being developed or subdivided.
The current Off-site Levy Bylaw was approved by City Council on September 4, 2013. The City reviews the rates each year. Provincial legislation dictates that levy collection is subject to annual reporting requirements.
The City of Medicine Hat is divided into 18 different "nodes", under the Off-site Levy Bylaw. Each area has a different off-site levy rate (per hectare) based on factors which ensure that each development carries an equal share of costs associated with the needs of each node. In most of the nodes, there is expected to be ongoing development for at least a couple of decades. In nine of the nodes, development is not anticipated until further in the future.
See more about the nodes in Schedule E of the Off-site Levy Bylaw.
See nodes map below.
City nodes map
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Rates effective January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020.
|Node #||Node Name||Area Classification||Municipal Assist||Total levies
($ per hectare)
|0||Land outside nodal boundaries
||Established||♦ See note below||$234,602|
|1||Downtown||Priority 1 intensification||90%||$407,359|
|2||River Flats||Priority 1 intensification||90%
|3||IXL Area||Priority 1 intensification||90%
|4||Burnside Estates||Priority 1 Greenfield||30%||$233,936
|5||Brier Run||Priority 1 Greenfield||30%
|6||Cimarron / SW Lands / Saamis Heights 7
||Priority 1 Greenfield||30%
|7||Suntec Lands||Priority 1 Greenfield||30%||$199,908
|8||Airport Lands||Priority 1 Greenfield||30%||$292,788
|9||Box Springs Business Park||Existing under development||30%
|10||Canyon Creek||Existing under development||30%
|11||Hamptons||Existing under development||30%||$208,887
|12||Ranchlands 4||Existing under development||30%
|13||Southlands 7||Existing under development||30%
|14||Southlands 6C||Existing under development||30%
|15||South Vista 11||Existing under development||30%
|16||Ranchlands 3C||Existing under development||30%
|17||River Ridge||Existing under development||30%
For detailed breakdowns of the above levy rates (ie: road, water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer), see Tables A-1 and A-2 in the Off-site Levy Bylaw.
♦ The Municipal Assist for Node 0 is site-specific and is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Questions about off-site levies? Contact us:
Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE