The Development Levy Bylaw has been a topic of discussion at past city council meetings. Weyburn's City Manager, Roy Hardy, is starting to narrow things down when it comes to the discussion.
There are a few issues with the bylaw that councilors are questioning. As it stands the bylaw would request developers to provide proof of usage for the development to ensure that the services to the building wouldn't burden the city. Some are saying that the burden should be on the developers to do this research, others state it should be the city itself.
"I think it's a nice way to look at exactly what the intent of the thing is," says Councilman Jeff Richards. "To make sure that the people of Weyburn are protected, infrastructure is tens of millions of dollars this stuff isn't cheap anymore."
Another hot topic is the fact that the city wants to potentially revisit the development after three years to assess, once again, the burden created for the cities services. Having the potential for additional fees three years down the line may make investors and developers shy away from future projects when there is no certainty.
The City Manager appreciates the discussions and realizes that it is perhaps not the content but the way it is written that it the problem.
"It's basically how to word it in the bylaw on how to do that, and in that case, I will do a little bit of conversing with the city solicitor to make sure I've got that," says City Manager Roy Hardy.
A few things are clear, there is going to be more drafts of this document and that the city council has the best interests of Weyburn and it's developers in mind.