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Community amenity contributions are public benefits or amenities provided by private developers through certain forms of redevelopment. They include things like park and sidewalk upgrades, new park space, public art, family oriented housing and heritage preservation.

These contributions are required when rezoning land to a direct control zone (DC1 or DC2) in order to construct a building larger than what is permitted under the existing zoning. They help offset the impacts of growth and encourage high-quality development that contributes to the community in which it is located.

The rules for these contributions are set out in policy C599 - Community Amenity Contributions in Direct Control Provisions, which was approved by City Council on Tuesday July 10, 2018, and updated on December 7, 2020. This policy establishes how much must be contributed, the types of development that must have contributions, and what is considered an amenity.

The Guidebook for Community Amenity Contributions explains how the policy works in plain language.

Policy Requirements

Applications to rezone property to a direct control provision (DC1 or DC2) that increase permitted floor area by more than 5% are required to contribute community amenities.  Residential developments of 12 or fewer units are exempt.

Contribution requirements are calculated by multiplying the increase in floor area (in metres) by the current contribution rate:

Contribution requirement ($) = increase in floor area (sq. m) x rate ($)

The increase in floor area is the difference between that allowed in the base zone and that proposed in the new zone. Floor area is calculated by multiplying the site area by the floor area ratio listed or proposed in the zone.

Applicants satisfy the contribution requirements for their project by proposing community amenities of equivalent or greater value in the regulations of the proposed direct control zone.

Contribution Requirement Calculator


Contribution Rate and Amenity Valuation

The 2020-2021 amenity contribution rate is $38.95 per additional square meter of floor area. The next rate adjustment will be effective January 1, 2022.

Additional information on the procedures the City will use to evaluate community amenities can be found in the Administrative Procedures document.  

Community Amenity Types
  • Public art
  • Preservation of historic resources
  • Publicly accessible open space
  • Streetscape improvements
  • Public park improvements
  • Family-oriented units with 3 or more bedrooms
  • Improvements to Community League facilities
  • Contributions in support of non-market child care services
  • Other capital improvements to the public realm or for public use at the discretion of the City
Summary of Amenity Values
Cash Contributions

Dollar amount written in regulations

Public Art

Dollar amount written in regulations

Preservation of Historic Resources

Eligible costs not covered by City grant, as determined by the Senior Heritage Planner

Public Access to Open Space

$300/sq. m or up to $500/sq. m with evidence of costs

Land Granted for Public Use

Market Value

On-Site Community League Improvements

Value of space as determined by agreement between applicant and community league

Three-Bedroom Family-Oriented Units

$35,000 per unit

Contributions in Support of Non-Market Child Care Services

Dollar amount written in regulations

Other Capital Improvements to the Public Realm or for Public Use

Non-standard. To be determined at time of application

Streetscape Improvements

$2,860 per metre of frontage* or dollar value in zone

* Value of streetscape improvements vary based on the following assumptions and will be adjusted for specific applications as needed.

Streetscape Improvement Values
Improvement Type Cost Per Unit or sq. m Spacing Cost Per Metre of Frontage
Tree $2,000/unit 10m $200
Soil Cell $10,000/unit 10m $1,000
Lamp $6,000/unit 10m $600
Brick/pavers $305/sq. m N/A $1,070 (3.5m sidewalk)

Total: $2,870 
Value of streetscape improvements per meter of frontage, assuming a 3.5 meter sidewalk.

For More Information

Sean Bohle

Title Senior Planner



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