Metro Vancouver collects development cost charges (DCCs) for new residential and non-residential
developments in the region to pay for new infrastructure needed to provide services to the future occupants of these buildings. These charges are defined in bylaws of the legal entity responsible for the infrastructure.
Water Development Cost Charge
Metro Vancouver is in the process of establishing a new DCC for regional water infrastructure. The concept of funding regional water infrastructure through DCCs has been encouraged by most Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD) members, and is a critical component of our long term financial plan.
Until now the larger regional water infrastructure – water treatment facilities, reservoirs, water mains and pump stations that deliver the water to the municipalities – have primarily been paid for through user fees. The Metro Vancouver Board has recommended the implementation of a water DCC as one funding tool that enables development to contribute towards the cost of the infrastructure needed to service our growing region in its 2019–22 Board Strategic Plan.
Implementing A Water DCC
The Greater Vancouver Water District is guided by distinct legislation. An evolved interpretation by the Province on our legislative environment was proposed to allow the GVWD to collect DCCs under the Local Government Act. The Local Government Act provides local governments and greater boards, such as the Greater Vancouver Water District, the authority to charge DCCs in relation to servicing, directly or indirectly, the development for which the charge is imposed. This provision allows the GVWD to establish a DCC bylaw in accordance with the Local Government Act for the purpose of raising funds to pay for population growth related infrastructure costs.
Water DCC Rates
A set of proposed water DCC rates was developed and taken to the GVWD Board in spring 2022. The rates in principle which include the application of interest are as follows:
|$6,692 / unit||$5,696 / unit||$4,261 / unit||$3.39 / ft2 of floor area|
A list of DCC water capital growth projects can be found in the DCC Capital Growth Program 2021 Budget.
Water DCC Framework
The framework of the water DCC implementation program has been designed to align with the liquid waste DCC policy framework, including the following:
The one significant point of difference between the proposed water DCC framework and the existing liquid waste DCC policy framework is that the water DCC implementation program will operate at the regional level with one fee structure. The liquid waste DCC program is separated into four sewerage areas: Vancouver, Lulu Island West, North Shore, and Fraser. Each sewerage area has its own unique fee structure based on its development requirements.
Impact On The Region
Water DCCs will ensure water infrastructure can consistently and reliably be provided to new developments and address the needs of region’s growing population. Rather than an increase in existing user water rates to fund growth infrastructure, DCCs attribute the costs of growth infrastructure to those new developments that benefit from those costs. DCCs have not been estimated to significantly impact housing affordability nor impair development in the region.
Your Opinion Counts
Metro Vancouver is committed to engaging audiences who may be impacted by or have an interest in the proposed water development cost charge implementation program. They will be asked to provide feedback during our engagement period. Key examples include:
- Government and regulatory agencies, including Indigenous Nations in BC*, provincial government, and member jurisdictions
- Development and building industry, including developers, urban development associations, business associations and professional associations.
- Metro Vancouver residents
* While Indigenous Peoples will be invited to participate in public engagement activities, a separate Indigenous engagement strategy outlines a government-to-government engagement approach with Indigenous Nations.
We would like your input. Opportunities to provide feedback is available now until June 23, 2022.
Your feedback will be considered in a proposed bylaw to the GVWD Board in July 2022. Following the endorsement by the Board, a bylaw would then be forwarded for approval by the Inspector of Municipalities and subsequently for final approval by the GVWD Board.
Two dates to choose from:
Friday, June 3, 2022 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Monday, June 6, 2022 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sign up for a webinar
Complete by Thursday, June 23, 2022.
Complete a feedback form
GVS&DD Liquid Waste DCC Update
In 2018 the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District (GVS&DD) Board updated its DCCs for the first time since DCCs were introduced in 1997. As part of that process, industry feedback indicated that more frequent updates were preferable. As a result, Metro Vancouver committed to regularly scheduled updates of its DCC Bylaw.
Following analysis and engagement in 2020/21, a set of
rates in principle
was developed and taken to the GVS&DD Board in July 2021; the Board directed staff to use the rates in principle in engagement. The draft DCC Bylaw is currently with the Inspector of Municipalities for their review and consideration. The rates in principle which include the application of interest are as follows:
|Fraser||$6,254 / unit||$5,390 / unit||$4,269 / unit||$3.30 / ft2 of floor area|
|Lulu Island West||$3,313 / unit||$2,756 / unit||$2,042 / unit||$1.54 / ft2 of floor area|
|North Shore||$3,300 / unit||$2,786 / unit||$2,030 / unit||$1.67 / ft2 of floor area |
|Vancouver||$3,335 / unit||$2,983 / unit||$1,988 / unit||$1.63 / ft2 of floor area|
View the list of
DCC Liquid Waste capital growth projects.
Following upcoming engagement in Q3 2021, Metro Vancouver will prepare updated liquid waste DCC rates to take to the GVS&DD Board for approval.