Community Amenity Contribution Review

Thank-you for your comments! The public engagement process is now closed. Staff will be reviewing the comments received regarding the draft Community Amenity Contribution Policy, and we intend to report back to Council in June 2021.

CACs are voluntary contributions, such as parkland or bus shelters, provided by developers at the time of a rezoning application when additional development rights are requested. Developers provide amenities or money to purchase amenities, as a way of ensuring the proposed development is making a reasonably balanced contribution to the neighbourhood and community at large. The City’s Official Community Plan and Neighbourhood Plan policies encourage the provision of amenities as part of rezoning applications, and contain recommendations identifying the amenities that are needed or desired for the City. These recommendations have assisted Staff and developers during the CAC negotiation process to ensure CAC funds are directed to amenities that are reflective of community priorities.

For the past ten years or more developers have provided $1,000 per residential unit as a community amenity contribution, and this money is used towards amenities in the community. Since 2010 the City has collected over $1.8 million in CAC funds which has been used for many parks and infrastructure improvements, as well as directing money to the Housing Legacy Reserve fund for affordable housing initiatives.

Market realities have changed and developers are now able to provide more of an amenity contribution at the time of a rezoning application, as shown in Table 1: CAC Rates. The proposed CAC rates are a result of a Nanaimo market analysis study completed by Rollo & Associates Ltd. on behalf of the City. The proposed CAC rates are included in a new draft CAC Policy that will guide the negotiation process between City Staff and the developer at the time of a rezoning or covenant amendment application. The proposed CAC Policy includes the following criteria and guidelines:

  • City Staff will implement the CAC Policy as part of a rezoning or land use covenant amendment process.
  • Proposed amenities will be reported to Council for consideration through the application process.
  • The Official Community Plan (OCP), Neighbourhood plans, and other City plans will be referenced to identify amenities that are needed in the city, and the City will secure both monetary and in-kind CACs accordingly.
  • New CAC rates are proposed for rezoning and covenant amendment applications submitted on or after 2022-JAN-01 with a gradual increase as shown in Table 1.

 A copy of the draft CAC Policy can be found here.

Table 1: CAC Rates

  Current CAC Rate (2010 to present) CAC Rate starting
January 1, 2022
CAC Rate starting
January 1, 2023
CAC Rate starting
January 1, 2024
Single Residential Dwelling $1,000 per unit $3,000 per unit $5,500 per unit $8,000 per unit
Townhouse Residential Dwelling
A dwelling that shares one or more walls with another unit, with no unit above, and has a ground level entrance.
$1,000 per unit $2,500 per unit
$5,000 per unit
$7,500 per unit

Multiple Family Dwelling
(other than Townhouse)
$1,000 per unit $2,000 per unit $3,500 per unit $5,000 per unit
Commercial and Industrial $34 per m2 $34 per m2 $34 per m2 $34 per m2
Liquor or Cannabis Retail Store $10,000 per store $10,000 per store $10,000 per store $10,000 per store
Student Housing $1,000 per bed $1,000 per bed $1,000 per bed $1,000 per bed


Through the REIMAGINE Nanaimo public consultation process, the public has an opportunity to provide input on desired amenities for the City, and these will be reflected in the new Official Community Plan, and Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan. Other City plans that provide direction for amenity contributions include the Active Transportation Master Plan, the Affordable Housing Strategy, and the Community Sustainability Action Plan.

Contact: Submit your comments regarding the CAC rates and CAC Policy by May 7, 2021 to Lisa Brinkman (Planner):  250-755-4460 ext. 4332 or email



  • Progress
    • In January 2020, the City retained land economist Rollo & Associates Ltd. to provide an analysis and recommendations for new CAC rates that are market-driven and reflect the financial realities of development in the city of Nanaimo. The Rollo report, Nanaimo Community Amenity Contribution Study (July 2020), provides case study information regarding the CAC rates of comparable municipalities in B.C., a financial analysis of the City’s land values and development market, and recommendations for residential CAC rates in Nanaimo.
    • Staff drafted a new CAC policy for the City utilizing both the Rollo report and the Provincial guideline document, Community Amenity Contributions: Balancing Community Planning, Public Benefits and Housing Affordability (2014).
    • In the Fall of 2020, Staff conducted a consultation process with representatives from the Nanaimo development community to obtain their feedback on the draft CAC Policy. Staff held three meetings with the development community, and have revised the CAC Policy to address their comments and concerns.
    • The CAC Policy was presented to the Governance and Priorities Committee (GPC) March 8, 2021 for consideration. To watch the Governance and Priorities Committee discussion, go to this link to view the meeting agenda and select item 6. a. 1. Community Amenity Contribution Policy.  
    • We are now in the community consultation stage, and after community consultation the CAC Policy will be presented to Council for consideration of endorsement.


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  • Background

    In 2012, Council endorsed the City’s CAC practice of collecting $1,000 per residential unit and $34/m2 of commercial and industrial floor area, and these rates are still being used for CAC negotiations with applicants for rezoning proposals and covenant amendments involving a change in land use or density. Market realities have changed significantly since this practice started, thus Council directed Staff to review the CAC rates for rezoning and covenant amendment applications where additional development rights are requested.

    From 2010 to 2020, the City collected $1,858,946 in CAC funds, which has allowed for significant amenity benefits throughout the city. The allocation of these funds, as negotiated through application reviews, has resulted in 66% of all monetary contributions being directed to parks and infrastructure, 30% to the Housing Legacy Reserve Fund, and 4% to other City initiatives. CAC funds have been used for improvements within many parks, including Neck Point Park, McGirr Sports Complex, Monashee Park, Harewood Centennial Youth Park, Westwood Lake Park, Fern Road Park, Noye Park, Harewood Skate Park, and Linley Valley Park.

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