Development Costs Charges & Incentives
The Development Cost Charges (DCC) Bylaw No. 1889 (available on the Bylaws page) levies charges for transportation, sanitary sewer, storm drainage, water, and parks. The DCCs apply to small lot residential, single family residential, multi-family residential, commercial/institutional, and industrial developments. The DCC program ensures that the people who will use and benefit from the services provided pay their share of the costs in a fair and equitable manner. A review of the potential for residential and nonresidential development throughout Central Saanich was completed as part of the 2016 DCC review. The DCC program creates certainty by providing stable charges to the development industry and by allowing the orderly and timely construction of infrastructure.
In January 2017, Committee of the Whole received a report on the proposed Development Cost Charge Discount Program. The associated bylaw (Development Cost Charge Reduction Bylaw 1907) was referred to a number of external agencies, including local home builders associations and housing societies and ultimately adopted by Council in June 2017. The reduction bylaw, available in the Bylaw library, allows for a 30% reduction of the District's Development Costs Charges if the development meets one of five specific criteria:
- Not for Profit Rental Housing Development, Including Supportive Living Housing;
- For Profit Affordable Rental Housing Development;
- Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Compact) Development;
- Low Environment Impact (High Energy Efficiency) Housing Development under Part 3 of the Building Code; or,
- Low Environment Impact (High Energy Efficiency) Housing Development under Part 9 of the Building Code.
Specific details can be found in the DCC Reduction Bylaw. Please note that the CRD bylaw (no. 3208) to impose "Development Cost Charges for the Saanich Peninsula Water and Wastewater Systems" may also be applicable to a development (crd bylaw in the Links above).