Community Amenity Contributions and Inclusionary Housing Program

Purpose

The purpose of the Community Amenity Contribution and Inclusionary Housing Program is to provide guidance and to establish a transparent, efficient, balanced and predictable process by which the District can receive amenities from development.

Where we are in the Process

A key deliverable of the Community Amenity Contribution and Inclusionary Housing Program (Phase 2: Exploration and Analysis) was a comprehensive Discussion Paper, building off of earlier findings from the initial program phase.

The Discussion Paper provides a series of snapshot insights on the complexities of achieving public benefit amenities and affordable and supportive housing. The purpose of the Discussion Paper is twofold:

  1. To document key market, regulatory, and policy factors influencing the District’s Community Amenity Contributions and Inclusionary Housing approach(es).
  2. To present the District-wide financial and economic analysis on the ability of development projects to deliver amenities.

The discussion paper and financial analysis will provide more robust direction to District Staff and Council on how to adjust the Interim CAC Policy to be a more transparent, efficient, balanced, and predictable process. The Discussion Paper and a Discussion Paper Summary Memo can be accessed on the sidebar under ‘project deliverables'. 

How to Be Involved

Opportunities for public engagement will be available as the Program is developed. Please sign up for our notification list to receive updates.

CAC and Inclusionary Housing Program

In November 2021 staff retained a team of qualified consultants to lead the development of the Community Amenity Contributions and Inclusionary Housing Program in partnership with Staff.

To ensure that the supply and quality of community amenities remain high, and that affordable housing can be developed more steadily, the District of Saanich has commissioned the development of a formal District-wide approach to negotiating and receiving new amenities, cash-in-lieu contributions, and affordable inclusionary rental housing.

Public benefit amenity and affordable and supportive housing can be negotiated in the form of Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) through the rezoning process, and/or through Density Bonus Zoning through the Zoning Bylaw. The project will also consider Inclusionary Housing as a potential component to achieve affordable and supportive housing.

This Program aims to provide direction on priorities, processes and anticipated levels of contributions when negotiating public benefit amenities. An examination of available tools, economic data and community priorities will aid in the development of an approach that provides clarity on the expectations of applicants. By establishing a clear policy framework, the District will provide consistency and transparency for both the development industry and residents, and balance the financial impact of new development for the existing population.

It is intended that the Community Amenity Contribution and Inclusionary Housing Program will be completed within approximately 14 months, over five phases:

As program deliverables are completed, new materials will be made available through this site. Keep checking back for updates!

Interim Policy

On August 9, 2021 Council adopted an Interim Community Amenity Contribution Policy that provides guidance for community amenity contribution negotiations while the more comprehensive program is being developed. The policy informs negotiations through identifying the process, priorities, target contribution rates and exemptions.

Staff requested clarification from Council on the Interim CAC Policy at the June 6 and June 20, 2022 Committee of the Whole Meetings. At the later meeting, Council moved to amend the Interim CAC Policy to provide clarification on the extent of targeted CAC exemptions [refer to Section 6.4: (iii) and (iv)].

Specifically, the amended Interim CAC Policy [PDF - 337 KB] provides clarity that the targeted CAC exemptions will apply to developments, or portions of developments, that are within the OCP height maximum and the Uptown-Douglas Plan “base” building height.