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How development helps fund communities

Emery Barnes Park

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

Some of the funding to create and support these facilities comes from contributions applied to new developments, such as:

  • Community Amenity Contributions (CACs)
  • Density bonus contributions in Marpole
  • Development Cost Levies (DCLs)

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.


Proposed new Utility DCL with interim rates

Download the Community Benefits Booklet to learn more about Development Cost Levies

A new Utility DCL with interim rates is being proposed to address the need for upgraded water, sewer, and drainage infrastructure as the city continues to grow.

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Draft proposed CAC/Density Bonus Rates for Cambie Corridor and Marpole

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Learn about the three types of contributions

Children painting at Hillcrest Community Centre opening

Community Amenity Contributions

Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) are in-kind or cash contributions provided by property developers when City Council grants development rights through rezoning. CACs are used to fund community centres, libraries, parks, and other community spaces.

Sunset Community Centre

Density bonus zoning

Density bonusing is used as a zoning tool that permits developers to build more floor space than normally allowed, in exchange for amenities and affordable housing needed by the community. Look up density bonus zones and contribution rates.

Children playing on a jungle gym in a park

Development Cost Levies

Development Cost Levies (DCLs) are rates on all new development. DCLs are used to fund childcare facilities, parks, affordable housing, engineering infrastructure and other City facilities.

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)

Density bonus zoningAnnual inflation index for DCLs, CAC targets, and density bonus contributionsCommunity Amenity ContributionsDevelopment Cost LeviesDCLs vs CACs