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City of Delta reviewing its DCC rates

Delta’s last DCC Program review occurred in 2016
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Cities impose development cost charges on new developments to pay for new or expanded infrastructure such as sewer, water, drainage, parks and roads necessary to adequately service the demands of that new development.

The City of Delta has issued a call for bids for a consultant to review and recommend changes to the city’s Development Cost Charges (DCC) bylaw.

The city is planning to revise the DCC program and corresponding rate structure to “ensure an adequate and equitable distribution of costs associated with the provision of services necessary to support the projected growth in the city,” says a recent report to council.

The DCC review will see whether proposed servicing infrastructure and parkland acquisitions can meet Delta’s “build-out” scenario, according to the city.

Meetings will take place with staff, stakeholders and public consultation will also be done.

The review is to be completed next spring.

Development cost charges are established by bylaw with the approval of the Inspector of Municipalities. The province notes that updating development cost charge bylaws every five years will generally keep the estimates of new development and infrastructure costs current.

Delta council earlier this year approved the creation of a parks, recreation and culture community amenity contribution reserve for recreation facilities, community centres, indoor sports centres, sport field upgrades, field houses and other community amenities to be determined at council's discretion.

Council also decided to include library facilities on the list.

The fee structures includes a $1,000 charge per unit for multi-unit and/or mixed-use developments that involve rezoning or the creation of three or more units or lots.