Development Cost Charges (DCC) Review
Charged to property owners for new development (subdivisions, multifamily or commercial developments) on a ‘user pays’ principle, each developed property contributes once to DCC funds. Using DCCs, a common set of rules and charges is applied to all developments that qualify. DCCs are currently charged to balance cost of future infrastructure for (click the link to view the current bylaws):
• drainage services (206 & 206-1)
• transportation infrastructure
• District parks (301 & 301-1)
• in sewer service areas,, for wastewater services, treatment and disposal works (Bylaws 146, 146-1, 147, 147-1 ,432 & 432-1).
DCC rates need to be reviewed to ensure appropriate funds are being collected to contribute to the future infrastructure needs of our community.
When revising DCC rates, Sechelt needs to look 20 years into the future, as infrastructure projects and developments take years to plan and complete. For DCC funds to be available to meet future needs, we need to balance a number of factors when setting rates:
• anticipated community growth rates and patterns
• new infrastructure projects and enhancements to existing infrastructure needed to meet the demands of growth,
• how much projects will cost to build,
• how development and the existing community should share costs for infrastructure enhancements.
On the left are links to documents that Sechelt's DCC Review discussions will be based on. In addition, there is a list of proposed future DCC projects and a map showing their locations.
How will Sechelt’s DCC rates be reviewed and adjusted?
On June 16th, a public Open House and e-Town Hall meeting were held. The video of the E-Town Hall can be viewed on our YouTube Channel. Input received up to June 20th will be used to prepare a proposed bylaw to Council for first reading in July, 2016.
The draft DCC Bylaw(s) will then be available for public review in a second round of consultation, with input received will be used by Council to further refine the bylaw(s) during second and third readings at Regular Council meetings in August/September.
The bylaw(s) are then sent to the Province and once approval is received, Council can consider adoption of new bylaw(s). After adoption, there is a grace period during which the existing DCC rates apply to development applications received and in process. At the end of the grace period the new DCC rates will be applied.