Community Amenity Contributions and Inclusionary Housing Program

On April 19, 2021 Council endorsed a Terms of Reference [PDF - 221 KB] for a process to develop a Community Amenity Contribution and Inclusionary Housing Program.

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, 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.

Request for Proposals (RFP)

The approved Terms of Reference has informed a Request for Proposals (RFP).  The District invited prospective proponents to submit proposals to develop the Community Amenity Contribution and Inclusionary Housing Program by September 2, 2021. The review and evaluation of submissions has commenced, and we hope to have selected a consultant in October to commence the program of work.

Interim Policy

On August 9, 2021 Council adopted an Interim Community Amenity Contribution Policy [PDF - 280 KB] 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.

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.

Program Purpose and Process

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: