Development Cost Charges (DCCs)
Local governments in BC use Development Cost Charges (DCCs) levied on new projects to help fund the cost of hard infrastructure: water, sewer, drainage, road and parkland needed to accommodate growth.
DCCs are intended to reflect the capital costs that are imposed by new development. This capital burden can vary widely within a community based on factors such as the condition and capacity of existing infrastructure, the location of new development, the type of land use, and the characteristics of development projects.
The Village of Pemberton first proposed a Development Cost Charge Bylaw in 1995. At that time the bylaw only received three readings but was updated and the Village of Pemberton Council, after receiving approval from the Inspector of Municipalities, adopted Bylaw No. 521 on May 10, 2004 which imposed Development Cost Charges on subdivision of land and, in certain cases, building permits.
The Village Core included costs for the wastewater and water system upgrade, park land acquisition and roadwork construction and the Industrial Park for water and wastewater improvements.
In 2010 a revised bylaw was given three readings and submitted to the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development (MCSCD) for approval but was never completed or adopted.
The bylaw (see below) was updated in 2013 with more detail to provide a clearer understanding of the capital projects and required Development Cost Charges (DCC) for each of the residential, commercial, institutional and industrial uses to enable future development in the municipality.
The DCCs in the updated bylaw are reduced from the previous 2004 bylaw for all uses except for Industrial uses. The Unit Multipliers have been amended in the new bylaw as recommended by the DCC Best Practices Guide. The increase in the proposed Industrial DCCs is a result of including new DCCs for roads and drainage.