Below is a message being circulated by Metro Vancouver (GVRD). Rates in are proposed to double or triple, depending on the sewerage area.
For detailed info on the proposed changes, click here. A consultation event is planned in each of four sewerage areas plus one webinar as follows: North Shore (Sept 19), Vancouver (Sept 20), Fraser (Surrey, Sept 21), Lulu (Richmond, Oct 3), Webinar (Oct 4). See below for details.
Any citizens who attend, we would welcome a report for posting. Any time a government seeks to increase charges is a good time to scrutinize its efficiency. Are current and proposed future charges reasonable, and how do they compare to comparable regions?
The current DCC rates (per unit for residential and per square foot for non-residential) are as follows:
|Vancouver||$944||$826||$590||$0.443 sq ft|
|Lulu Island||$1,077||$942||$673||$0.505 sq ft|
|North Shore||$1,291||$1,129||$807||$0.605 sq ft|
|Fraser||$1,731||$1,515||$1,082||$0.811 sq ft|
The proposed new rates are:
|Vancouver||$1,811||$1,618||$1,072||$0.93 sq ft|
|Lulu Island||$2,214||$1,915||$1,388||$1.05 sq ft|
|North Shore||$2,300||$2,076||$1,416||$1.20 sq ft|
|Fraser||$5,428||$4,695||$3,530||$2.67 sq ft|
According to our calculations the rates of increase are as follows. A “2.0” means a doubling.
Metro Vancouver Development Cost Charge Review Consultation
Metro Vancouver is proposing updates to its Development Cost Charge (DCC) Program and invites you to participate in a series of consultation dialogues regarding the proposed updates.
Metro Vancouver’s DCC Program supports the expanding liquid waste infrastructure needed to support the region’s growing population. DCC rates have not been updated since their inception in 1997, despite the influx of significant development, the increasing need for the expansion of our liquid waste system and the increasing cost of infrastructure. As a result, Metro Vancouver initiated a DCC review process in 2015, with the expectation that the new DCC bylaw would be in place by the end of 2017 and implemented for April 1, 2018.
The proposed changes focus on the principle that ‘growth pays for growth’ and are based on the current financial model with growth projected over the next 30 years.
The proposed changes also recognize that the four sewerage areas — Vancouver, Lulu Island, North Shore and Fraser — each have a different cost profile as a result of population, growth rate, and prior infrastructure investments.
Consultation dialogues will be held in the four sewerage areas and will take place as follows, including a lunch from 11:30 to noon followed by a presentation and dialogue from noon to 1:30 pm. Registration is requested.
September 19, 2017
|North Shore Sewerage Area||Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
September 20, 2017
|Vancouver Sewerage Area||Sheraton Wall Centre
1088 Burrard St, Vancouver
September 21, 2017
|Fraser Sewerage Area||Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104 Ave, Surrey
October 2, 2017
|Fraser Sewerage Area||Anvil Centre
777 Columbia St, New Westminster
October 3, 2017
|Lulu Sewerage Area||Executive Airport Plaza Hotel Richmond
7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
October 4, 2017
For more information on the proposed changes, please click here.
We look forward to your participation.
Greg Moore, Chair,
Metro Vancouver Board
Richard Walton, Chair,
Metro Vancouver Performance and Audit Committee
For the Finance and Intergovernment Committee report on the DCC Program Review that was presented in July, please go to:
For more information on the DCC Program Review Project, please contact Dean Rear at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-436-6838.