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Community Amenity Contributions (CACs)

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Growth and development can lead to increased demand for community amenities. To secure these amenities, Surrey uses density bonus zoning (“Density Bonusing”) in accordance with Section 482 of the Local Government Act.

Community Amenity Contributions

Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) are cash or in-kind voluntary contributions provided by developers. They are provided when City Council grants increased development rights through Zoning in the form of a Density Bonus. These Contributions help offset the impacts of growth and help fund new community facilities and services, such as:

  • Parks
  • ​Libraries
  • Cultural Facilities
  • Sports & Recreation Facilities
  • Fire & Police facilities
  • Affordable Housing
  • Public Art
  • Undergrounding of Utilities

Surrey’s Density Bonus Program

Surrey’s Density Bonus Program is divided into 2 Tiers of CACs along with some universally applicable CAC contributions:

Tier 1 CACs apply to all residential rezoning's seeking increased density (with some exceptions), and is applicable to the portion of units that are consistent with the density within existing Secondary Plan and/or the Official Community Plan (OCP).

Tier 2 CACs apply where residential rezoning’s seek increased density above Plan or OCP designations. Tier 1 is applied up to the Plan or OCP designations and Tier 2 is then applied to the portion of density above the Plan or OCP designation.

Universal CACs may also apply to all density bonus rezoning’s (with some exceptions) in both Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Surrey's Community Amenity Contributions

Surrey’s CAC  areas, rates, phasing, exemptions and collection process can be found in the City of Surrey’s Zoning Bylaw No. 12000 in Schedule G, Public Art Policy, and Density Bonus Policy O-54, but are summarized below for convenience.

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  • Tier 1 CACs expand
  • Capital Project CACs

    • Applies To: Any residential rezoning for additional bonus density (city-wide) and apply to the portion of new units that comply with Plan/or OCP density designation.
    • Effective Date: The Capital Project Contributions came into effect on January 1, 2020. New Capital Projects Contributions apply to any new rezoning and/or an in-stream rezoning that did not receive Third Reading approval from Council before January 1, 2020.
    • Contribution Type: A fixed (per residential unit) rate is collected for each additional residential dwelling unit in excess of base density up to Plan or OCP density.  Rates are phased in over 2 years as identified in the table below:
    Area

    Phase 1

    (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020)

    Phase 2

    (January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021)

    Phase 3

    (January 1, 2022 and After)

    Inside Secondary Plan Area $1,000/dwelling unit $1,500/dwelling unit $2,000/dwelling unit
    Outside Secondary Plan Area $2,000/dwelling unit $3,000/dwelling unit $4,000/dwelling unit
    • Due Date: Paid before subdivision approval for Single Family & Duplex, and before Building Permit Issuance for Multifamily.
    • One-Year Sunset Clause for In-stream Applications: Capital Projects Contributions will be waived until December 31, 2020, for in-stream rezoning applications that have received Third Reading approval from City Council before January 1, 2020. 

    Secondary Plan and Infill Area CACs

    • Applies To: Any rezoning for additional bonus density within a Secondary Plan or Infill area identified in Surrey Zoning Bylaw in Schedule G - Section D.
    • Contribution Type: A fixed rate (per residential unit), and in some cases non-residential (per acre), or per square foot rate may apply. The fixed rates and types of CACs vary in each Secondary plan and Infill area as identified in Surrey Zoning Bylaw Schedule G - Section E.
    • Due Date: Paid before subdivision approval for Single Family & Duplex, and before Building Permit Issuance for Multifamily and Non-Residential.
  • Tier 2 CACs expand
  • Within Centre Areas

    Centre-Specific Capital Project CACs

    • Applies To: City Centre and Town Centre plan areas for projects that request bonus density increase of no more than 2.0 FAR.
    • Effective Date: The Centre Specific Capital Project Contributions came into effect on January 1, 2020. New Centre Specific Capital Projects Contributions apply to any new rezoning and/or an in-stream rezoning that did not receive Third Reading approval from Council before January 1, 2020.
    • Contribution Type: Centre specific fixed rates vary in each Centre Specific Area and are phased in accordance with Surrey Zoning Bylaw Schedule G Section C, with rates summarized below for convenience:
    Area

    Phase 1

    (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020)

    Phase 2

    (January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021)

    Phase 3

    (January 1, 2022 and After)

    City Centre $20 / sq. ft. $30 / sq. ft. $40 / sq. ft
    Semiahmoo Town Centre $15 / sq. ft. $22.50 / sq. ft. $30 /sq. ft
    Guildford Town Centre $10 / sq. ft. $15 / sq. ft. $20 / sq. ft.
    Newton Town Centre $5 / sq. ft. $7.50 / sq. ft. $10 / sq. ft.
    Cloverdale Town Centre $2.50 / sq. ft. $3.75 / sq. ft. $5 / sq. ft.
    Fleetwood Town Centre $TBD / sq. ft $TBD / sq. ft. $TBD / sq. ft.
    • Due Date: Paid before Zoning Bylaw Adoption.

    Negotiated (Major Plan/ OCP Amendment) CACs

    • Applies To: City Centre and Town Center plan areas at a negotiated rate (land-lift) where there is a Major Plan amendment proposed for an increase in density of more than 2.0 FAR above Plan , or where projects requires an OCP Amendment.
    • Contribution Type: Negotiated CAC will be based on a cash contribution of 75% of land-lift value for the portion of density above the 2.0 FAR increase. Negotiated CACs may (in some instances) include in-kind contributions.
    • Due Date: Paid before Zoning Bylaw Adoption.

    Outside Centre Areas

    Negotiated (Major Plan / OCP Amendment) CACs

    • Applies To: Lands outside City Centre and Town Centre plan areas where re-zoing is seeking an amendment to the Secondary Plan and/or OCP for increased density. This approach applies to all re-zoning projects where density is proposed that is greater than the Secondary Plan or OCP designation, and there is an associated land-lift.
    • Contribution Type: In these cases, a cash contribution is negotiated based on a 75% of land-lift value above Plan or OCP density.  Negotiated CACs may (in some instances) include in-kind contributions. 
    • Due Date: Paid before Zoning Bylaw Adoption.
  • Universal CACs expand
  • Affordable Housing CACs

    • Applies To: Any City-wide re-zoning that permits an additional residential dwelling unit in excess of the minimum density permitted in that Zone in both Tier 1 and Tier 2.
    • Effective Date: The Affordable Housing Contribution applies to all applicable development applications received after April 9, 2018.
    • Contribution Type: The Affordable Housing Amenity Contribution is a fixed rate of $1,000 per residential unit.
    • Due Date: Paid before subdivision approval for Single Family & Duplex; Paid before Building Permit Issuance for Multifamily

    Public Art Contributions

    • Applies To: Any re-zoning that includes more than 10 dwelling units, and/or any rezoning for Commercial or Industrial with a total floor area of greater than 1,000 m2.
    • Contribution Type: The Public Art contribution is a fixed rate of 1.25% of the total project construction cost. Public Art Contributions may also include (in-kind) contributions towards public art. 
    • Due Date: Paid before subdivision approval for Single Family & Duplex or before Building Permit for Multifamily, Commercial, or Industrial.

Background Information

In 2019, the City conducted a review of its CACs and Density Bonus Program. The objective was to ensure that density bonus policies were responding to current community amenity needs and market conditions. On November 18, 2019, Council endorsed Corporate Report R224, which introduced:

  • New Capital Project CAC (City-wide) CAC;
  • New Centre Specific Capital Project CAC; and
  • New Density Bonus Policy (Policy 0-54) for Plan and OCP Amendments.

The Capital Projects and new Density Bonus Policy came into effect on January 1, 2020.

Additional Information

Learn more about how Community Amenity Contributions are established and applied in B.C.

Contact Information

For questions or comments about Surrey’s CAC & Density Bonus Program, contact planningdevelopment@surrey.ca or call Markus Kischnick, Community Planner at 604-591-4485.

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