Development Costs Charges & Incentives
Our Development Cost Charge (DCC) program was reviewed and updated in 2016. Since the previous update in 2011, a number of studies and projects have been completed, including a Water Distribution Master Plan (2013), Pavement Management Plan (2013) and Sanitary Sewer Master Plan (2015), which are reflected in the update.
The District of Central Saanich’s consultation process consisted of the following:
- Presentation of Draft DCC program to Central Saanich Council on June 13, 2016 (open to the public);
- Posting of Draft DCC Background Report on the District’s website;
- Referrals and discussions with various stakeholders (Urban Development Institute, Victoria Residential Builders Association, Island Health, local developers); and,
- Public Open House on September 7, 2016.
The DCC Bylaw levies DCCs 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 draft bylaw (Development Cost Charge Discount Bylaw 1907) has been referred to a number of external agencies, including local home builders associations and housing societies for information, prior to going back to Council.