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Community Amenity Contributions (CAC) update: Increasing transparency through guidelines

As part of our continued effort to update the CAC system, we're reviewing current policy, engaging stakeholders, and developing new guidelines which will provide more transparency into this development contribution tool and assist in the interpretation of Vancouver’s CAC Through Rezonings Policy.

It's anticipated that Vancouver residents and developers who make important CAC contributions will benefit from the clarity that will be provided through these guidelines. The guidelines are expected to be adopted through Council approval in October 2019.

What the new CAC guidelines will outline

  • Planning for CACs - Procedures for determining public benefits through public benefit strategies and site-specific needs assessments
  • Procedures for establishing CAC value through Target (fixed rate) CACs and through Negotiated CACs
  • Eligible CAC amenities
  • CAC spending rules
  • Negotiated CAC process and how value is determined
  • Direction on Cash-in-Lieu CACs
  • Direction on In-Kind CACs

Background

City Council first adopted the citywide CAC policy as interim policy in 1999, and then as formal citywide policy in 2003.

Since then, CACs through Rezonings have become an important and valuable method for securing contributions when there are rezonings that add additional development rights over existing zoning.

CACs allocated

From 2010 to 2017, CACs have been allocated through Council to the following public benefits:

 

Contact the project team

finance.growth@vancouver.ca