Revitalization Tax Exemption Review

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In January 2020, existing RTE Bylaws were amended to include new commercial development, and at that time, Council directed staff to establish an RTE Engagement Group (see below) to explore opportunities to further expand the criteria for RTE bylaws and to carry out a comprehensive review of the existing RTE bylaws.

Below is a summary of the proposed RTE program amendments. We invite you to review the summary and then leave your feedback on each proposed amendment by leaving a comment and/or taking the quick poll in the Proposed Amendments Forum section of this page.

Summary:

The group reviewed the

In January 2020, existing RTE Bylaws were amended to include new commercial development, and at that time, Council directed staff to establish an RTE Engagement Group (see below) to explore opportunities to further expand the criteria for RTE bylaws and to carry out a comprehensive review of the existing RTE bylaws.

Below is a summary of the proposed RTE program amendments. We invite you to review the summary and then leave your feedback on each proposed amendment by leaving a comment and/or taking the quick poll in the Proposed Amendments Forum section of this page.

Summary:

The group reviewed the existing City Centre RTE Bylaw and North Shore RTE Bylaw to determine if any amendments were required. While the legislation for RTEs is broad in application, the RTE Engagement Group agreed that an RTE's main focus should be to revitalize a specific area of the community or to meet a critical community need that requires a mechanism such as a tax exemption to spur on the desired outcome.

Brownfield Sites
The proposal to remove the brownfield criteria (contaminated site) was deemed appropriate as any previously vacant contaminated sites would qualify for an exemption as a new commercial or residential development constructed on the site would receive the exemption.

City Centre RTE Boundary Expansion
Another amendment that the group proposed was to expand the City Centre RTE boundaries. With the adoption of the Downtown Plan and KAMPLAN: City of Kamloops Official Community Plan (OCP) amendments, land use designations on a number of properties in the downtown core were now designated as City Centre. Therefore, the proposed boundary expansion to include all properties designated as City Centre will align with the Downtown Plan’s policies. In addition, expanding the RTE into the East and West Entry Corridors is proposed in order to encourage new development or renovations to existing commercial buildings in these areas. View the Proposed City Centre Boundary Map here.

Hotel and Motel RTE
The engagement group also endorsed the concept of providing a city-wide RTE for redeveloping hotels/motels into new multi-family or mixed use (commercial/multi-family) developments, which could be the land use planning tool that will encourage revitalization of older hotel/motel buildings throughout the city. The criteria to qualify for this exemption is that the existing hotel or motel be removed and replaced with a new multi-family or mixed-use development. Should a development proposal remove an existing hotel/motel on site and replace it with a new residential or mixed-use project, it would qualify for a 100% exemption on the increase in the assessed values of improvements on the municipal portion of the taxes for a 10-year period. View the draft Hotel and Motel RTE here.

Commercial Daycare RTE
The final RTE proposal being put forward for consideration is adopting a city-wide RTE for developing new commercial daycare facilities. The recent Community Child Care Planning Program report (May 2020) indicated there is a lack of daycare spaces for children throughout the city and concluded that there is a serious need for more registered daycare spaces throughout the community in order to meet the increasing demand. As a result, the group supported bringing forward a RTE bylaw that would provide a 100% exemption on the increased assessed value for 10 years for any new commercial daycare facilities. View the draft Commercial Daycare RTE here.

GHGs, Accessibility, and Affordable Housing
The group explored other ideas around providing RTEs for improvements that reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and improve accessibility with a credit-based approach; however, it was determined that a partnership agreement with the City would be better suited as increased assessed value for those type of improvements would not be significant enough to qualify for a tax exemption. Further, there would be a potential loss in tax revenue with the credit-based approach, which is contrary to how the RTE program has operated and been promoted to date. Another topic discussed was providing an RTE for affordable housing units; however, it was determined that these projects would be assessed at a reduced value and/or qualify for a permissive tax exemption (PTEs) under the existing Council policy for providing housing to address the housing continuum.


The RTE Engagement Group membership is listed below:

  • Jim Anderson, Executive Director, Venture Kamloops
  • Carl Desantis, Kamloops South Business Improvement Association
  • Jeremy Heighton, Executive Director, North Shore Business Improvement Association
  • Joshua Knaak, ARPA Developments
  • Claire Macleod, Public Member
  • Colin O’Leary, Chamber of Commerce
  • Chris Ortner, Public Member
  • Randy Sunderman, Public Member
  • Eric Beach, Planning and Development Supervisor
  • Derek DeCandole, Community Energy Specialist
  • Marvin Kwiatkowski, Development, Engineering & Sustainability Director
  • Rod Martin, Planning and Development Manager


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