Developer charges for community parks on agenda at next electoral area services committee meeting

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Electoral area directors will discuss a report for a proposed bylaw on implementing new development cost charges for community parks on Sept. 9.

Development cost charges (DCCs), user pay fees collected from land developers in this case to help pay for new infrastructure in parks, are under consideration for electoral areas A, B, G and H. The rates to developers reflect the impact growth has on community parks; the greater the impact, the larger the charge, a Regional District of Nanaimo backgrounder says.

DCC fees collected could pay for infrastructure in community parks like fencing, landscaping, drainage and irrigation, trails, restrooms, changing rooms and playground and playing field equipment. They would not pay for operation and maintenance; new or upgraded works needed for the existing population; or new buildings, parking, sports field lighting, artificial turf, and sport courts.

The four electoral areas are experiencing significant growth, contributing to busier parks, the RDN says. For Area B, the draft DCC rates calculated in February were $530 per lot for single family developments and $354 per unit for multi-family.

As part of the DCC program development, the RDN and consulting firm Urban Systems estimated growth in Area B of 20 single family lots and 110 apartment units between 2019 and 2039 for a total equivalent population of 280. A masterplan for Cox Community Park is one upcoming project for Area B that could have DCCs applied to it.

A survey about the proposed DCCs ran on the RDN’s Get Involved website in the spring and received eight responses.

Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder

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