Financing Urban Growth: The Use of Development Cost Charges and Community Amenity Contributions

This course is a comprehensive, detailed, and practical examination of the economic, legal, planning, and political dimensions of development levies, negotiated community contributions, and density bonusing as means of creating community amenities and infrastructure.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 1 Bill Buholzer
Jay Wollenberg
$341.25 40 -

What will you learn?

  • Understand the BC legal framework for Development Cost Charges (DCCs), Community Amenity Contributions (CACs,) affordable housing, heritage building preservation, and other means of obtaining contributions from urban development for infrastructure or amenities.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of current approaches and practices in BC communities, from the perspectives of local government, developers, land owners, and the community.
  • Consider and discuss the municipal fiscal rationale for contributions from development projects and compare with the use of property taxes to fund infrastructure and amenities.
  • Learn the urban land economics foundation for development contributions and the potential market impacts of DCCs and CACs, including potential impacts on housing prices and affordability
  • Discuss the principles for sound design and effective implementation of CAC and DCC plans
  • Understand the implications for municipalities: pros and cons of using these tools to obtain community amenities and infrastructure.
  • Understand the implications for land owners: effect on land value.
  • Understand the implications for developers: land acquisition costs, impact on profitability, impact on ability to acquire/assemble  land.
  • Understand the implications for provincial legislation: is there a better way to achieve community amenities and infrastructure?
  • Review actual approaches used in communities in BC. Discuss pros and cons of different approaches.

How will you learn?

  • Lectures
  • Small group discussions
  • Case study analysis

Who should take this course?

  • Planners, architects, and landscape architects
  • Engineers, developers, builders, and real-estate professionals
  • Elected officials
  • Transportation professionals
  • Staff of non-profit organizations
  • Local, provincial, and federal government administrators and project managers
  • Lawyers, financiers, and community advocates

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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