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New tools will support housing, community growth in B.C.

The Province has introduced legislation to update and streamline development finance tools to assist local governments to help continue to fund the costs of infrastructure and amenities to support increased housing supply and growth. The changes include creating an amenity cost charge tool, and updates to development cost charges, known as a development cost levy in Vancouver.

Amenity cost charges (ACCs)

  • Creates an authority to apply an amenity cost charge that is known upfront in the building process, rather than at the zoning stage, creating more cost certainty for homebuilders.
  • Allows local governments to continue to impose charges on new development to assist in paying for the capital costs of community amenities (e.g., community centres, recreation centres, libraries) to support liveable communities in areas where they are planning for and projecting increased population growth and housing supply. 
  • To implement an amenity cost charge, local governments will need to: 
    • Identify areas where more housing supply is planned (based on official community plans and other planning documents) and what amenities are needed to support that supply. Amenity cost charges would apply to new development in those areas. 
    • Determine the amenity cost charge amounts following the rules set out in legislation (for example, the capital costs must be allocated between existing users and new users). 
    • Consult on the development of the amenities and charge rates. 
    • Pass a bylaw that implements the charges. 
  • Local governments can waive or reduce charges for affordable rental housing – as with development cost charges and development cost levies. The Province can also exempt types of affordable housing from amenity cost charges. 
  • The legislation provides the Province with authority to make regulations, which can be used, if needed, to limit or prescribe further requirements in relation to amenity cost charges and processes. 
  • The amenity cost charge framework includes checks and balances, such as:  
    • Charges can only be imposed on development that results in growth and benefits from the amenities. 
    • Charges are restricted to one-time capital costs, which must be shared between existing and new users – developers only pay the portion assigned to new users. 
    • Rules to ensure clarity for how the new amenity cost charges work with other tools (such as development cost charges) to prevent double charging. 
    • Public accountability measures, such as rules about how the charges may be spent. 

Updates to development cost charges (DCC)/development cost levies (DCLs) categories 

  • Updates the scope of infrastructure for which DCCs and DCLs can be collected to include fire-protection facilities, police facilities, and solid-waste facilities.  
  • Also allows local governments to collect DCCs/DCLs for provincial highway infrastructure projects under certain conditions:
    • There is a cost-sharing arrangement between the municipality and the Province.
    • The highway facilities, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly service the housing development, like an interchange.
    • The highway facilities directly or indirectly enable the integrated functioning of provincial and municipal highway systems. 

Local governments will need to update or implement a new development cost charge bylaw to implement the new changes.

The amenity cost charge framework would generally come into force following royal assent. Government will provide guidance to support local governments in implementing the proposed changes and will monitor the implementation as part of ensuring intended outcomes are met.