An excavator tears down the old building at the corner of Bowker and Cadboro Bay that had been there 94 years. The site is now home to Abstract Development’s Bowker collection. (Black Press File Photo)

Development charges won’t fix Oak Bay’s looming infrastructure costs, says mayor

DCCs will have small effect on infrastructure budget

As Oak Bay continues to consider the implementation of development cost charges, the mayor has words of caution.

Don’t expect the introduction of community amenity charges (CACs) and development cost charges (DCCs) to rake in millions of dollars towards infrastructure improvements as they do in Langford.

Mayor Kevin Murdoch said there is a misconception that CACs and DCCs will play a significant role in addressing the looming infrastructure costs.

READ MORE: Saanich set to raise development cost charges by 180 per cent

“It will not,” Murdoch said. “The DCC and CAC dollar amounts will help. But if we go back and look at what they would have earned int the last seven years, it’s around $40,000 to $50,000 per year, sometimes less, and that’s even less than a quarter per cent of our taxes.”

Langford, which is known for its accelerated growth, received development cost charges of $6,606,753 in 2019 (expected) and $3,479,383 in 2018. Those monies are reserved and offset the infrastructure costs incurred with the increase in housing and building stock.

DCCs are restricted by provincial registration. DCC policy is to look at the current state of all main water lines, sewer, roads, etc., its condition and capacity, and how it would be impacted by new development.

Once adopted, both the CACs and DCCs will kick in with a rezoning and the amounts will be based on units. The timeline is in fairly short order and can be expected in a matter of months, he said.

“In fairness to Oak Bay staff, it’s important to note they’ve already been negotiate for CACs,” Murdoch noted. “The difference is now it will be in a policy.

“It’s not a big solution, but it’s part of the puzzle.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich police are warning residents that rutting season has begun and deer may get their antlers tangled in items left in yards. (Saanich Police Department/Twitter)
Deer with items tangled in antlers spotted in Saanich as rutting season begins

Police, B.C. Conservation Service warn of possibly aggressive bucks through fall

(Black Press Media file photo)
One man injured, Victoria police seek more suspects afer Centennial Square brawl

Police were called around 4:30 p.m. for reports of multiple people fighting

Saanich firefighters were called out to Hartland Road on Oct. 21 to help transport a mountain biker with neck and back injuries out of the woods. (Black Press Media file photo)
Patient with neck, back injuries rescued from Saanich bike trails

Saanich firefighters called in to help paramedics with transportation off Mount Work

Saanich South Liberal candidate Rishi Sharma commits to addressing issues at the five-way intersection of Interurban and Wilkinson roads in partnership with the municipality if elected. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich South Liberal candidate commits to improving Interurban/Wilkinson intersection

‘Confusing five-way intersection,’ needs attention, Rishi Sharma says

Oulette the Great Horned owl was spotted alive just days after her mate, Ollie, was found dead from suspected rat poisoning on Oct. 17. (Photo by Cheryl Redhead)
Great Horned owl mate found alive in Cuthbert Holmes Park

Oulette spotted in tree above where male Ollie died of suspected poisoning

Advance polls are open from Oct. 15 to 21 with election day on Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
Our Home on 8th, the Port Alberni Shelter that opened in March 2019, has 27 extra ‘extreme weather’ spaces for people who need a place to get out of the cold. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
BC VOTES 2020: Mid-Island candidate plans occupation of shelter to protest homelessness

Graham Hughes says homeless situation a ‘crisis’ in Port Alberni

Parksville’s Jared Huggan won $75,000 playing BC/49. (BCLC/Photo submitted)
Vancouver Island man $75K richer after purchasing winning lottery ticket at Nanaimo Walmart

Parksville’s Huggan plans to purchase electric bike for partner

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he’d be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)
Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

Jordan Jay Ward is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for two counts of manslaughter. Photo supplied
Wanted man from Calgary may be on Vancouver Island

Jordan Jay Ward is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for two counts of manslaughter

FILE – A voting package for the 2018 electoral reform referendum. Vote-by-mail packages for the 2020 provincial election will look similar, according to information provided by Elections BC. (Katya Slepian - Black Press Media)
POLL: Have you voted yet?

As election day quickly approaches, hundreds of thousands of British Columbians have… Continue reading

More and more electric cars are on the road, but one Chevy Bolt owner was shocked to see how much his BC Hydro bill skyrocketed once he started charging the vehicle. (Black Press file photo)
Lower Mainland man sees significant spike in BC Hydro bill after buying electrical vehicle

An increase should be expected, but Brian Chwiendacz experienced a 200-plus per cent hike

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall advisory for parts of Vancouver Island for Thursday and Friday.(File photo)
Snowfall expected in parts of Vancouver Island this week

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall advisory for north, east and inland Vancouver Island

Most Read