Lower DCCs close to reality

Developers building in village could save 30-70 per cent

Scott Tanner says it’s a pig, but it looks like it’s a pig he will soon have to accept as law.

Qualicum Beach town council gave three readings Monday night to a bylaw that made subtle changes to the original bylaw that reduces development cost charges (DCCs) for those who want to build in the village neighbourhood.

The amendments and the bylaw itself are expected to pass fourth reading and become official town policy at council’s next meeting Oct. 22. The vote Monday night was 3-2 in favour, with Coun. Tanner and Mayor Teunis Westbroek opposed and councillors Dave Willie, Mary Brouilette and Bill Luchtmeijer in favour.

Tanner said he believed the changes council voted on Monday night did little to change the bylaw he has opposed from its inception.

“You can put lipstick and make-up on a pig but it’s still a pig,” said Tanner.

The bylaw will reduce development cost charges anywhere from 30-70 per cent, depending on the number and density of units proposed. The current structure charges developers $8,000-$9,000 for each unit in a complex. Those numbers reflect a unit of typical apartment size, roughly 100 square metres.

 

The vote Monday was on specific changes to the actual DCC-reductions bylaw. The changes basically introduced a tiering system for the DCCs, in relation to density.

 

 

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

Just Posted

Iconic white raven returns to Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Photographer John Domovich: ‘It blew me away when I first observed it’

Parksville’s Summer by the Sea event starts June 30

‘We are looking forward to providing a vibrant market’

Vancouver Island’s current COVID-19 case count officially hits zero

Of the 130 recorded Island Health cases, five people have died, 125 recovered

Qualicum Beach man arrested over racist incident at Tseshaht First Nation

Port Alberni RCMP said the man turned himself in

Search and rescue crews help locate 62-year-old Nanoose Bay mountain biker

RCMP: Man got lost on trail and did right thing by calling for assistance

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park at large

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

No charges to be laid against 22 northern B.C. pipeline protesters

Twenty-two people were arrested in February, but Crown has decided not to pursue charges

Parcel stolen from front porch, Nanaimo RCMP looking for suspect

Unidentified woman allegedly stole package containing $400 smart watch

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

Most Read