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How development helps fund communities

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As Vancouver grows, so does the need for new public amenities and affordable housing. New developments create a demand for:

  • Parks and libraries
  • Childcare facilities
  • Cultural facilities
  • Community centres, rinks, and pools
  • Non-profit and social housing
  • Bikeways and greenways
  • Streets and transportation infrastructure
  • Police stations and fire halls

Contributions from new developments

Some of the funding to create and support these facilities comes from contributions applied to new developments.

Types of contributions

Community Amenity Contributions

CACs are in-kind or cash contributions for public amenities from property developers when City Council grants development rights through rezoning.

Density bonus zoning

Density bonusing is a zoning tool for developers to build more floor space than normal in exchange for public amenities and affordable housing.

Development Cost Levies

DCLs are rates charged on all new development to fund public amenities.

Updates to the types of contributions

Limiting speculation

We're proposing development contribution expectations on Broadway to limit speculation prior to community planning.

Approved new Utilities DCL

Interim fees to help upgrade water, sewer, and drainage systems.

Cambie Corridor and Marpole (590.85 KB)

View the draft proposed CAC and density bonus rates for Cambie Corridor and Marpole.

Guiding principles

The City manages the increased demands for facilities by following this set of guiding principles:

  • Community liveability should be maintained as the city grows.
  • New developments should contribute to the cost of growth and their impact on the community.
  • The cost of City facilities and services should be shared between new and existing developments.
  • The economic impact should not affect development or housing affordability.
  • The City's system should be consistent, transparent, simple, and flexible.

Related documents

Financing Growth: Paying for City facilities to serve a growing population - the role of city-wide charges on new development (1.5 MB)

Funding cultural spaces

Making space for arts and culture

Cultural facilities, or spaces, are essential to any community, and they are key to the economic health of our city. To ensure that artists and arts organizations can afford to remain in Vancouver, the City works to sustain and enhance Vancouver's cultural and social infrastructure.

Community Benefits from Development

Get the broader context of our approach to development contributions, and understand what community benefits come with new development in our neighbourhoods.

Download the guide  (7 MB)

Community Amenity ContributionsDevelopment Cost LeviesDCLs vs CACsDensity bonus zoningLimiting speculationAnnual inflation index for DCLs, CAC targets, and density bonus contributions