According to an article on The Globe and Mail, The City of Vancouver got $223 million from fees and special charges from developers last year. While this amounts to roughly one quarter of the city’s annual budget, the unique project by project negotiation system that enabled these fees may be simplified by the current political team.
While the development industry would like to see the painstaking negotiation system streamlined, former planners worry about a system overhaul that could negatively impact communities.
In the article, Brent Toderian, former Vancouver city planner says, “Having a negotiated system allows you to calibrate closely and it maximizes what the public gets.” He went on to note that, “I do not think it makes sense to move to a one-size-fits-all system from the public’s point of view.”
However, according to The Globe and Mail, there have been hints that the city is open to changing the system. The incoming general manager of planning Brian Jackson has said there should be a system with “more certainty”.
While it isn’t clear what “more certainty” will mean, it is unlikely Vancouver will implement a completely flat fee system. None the less, it looks like changes could be on the horizon.