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17 Sep, 2008 Getting More from Density Bonusing

Land Use

Local governments can allow density bonuses in strategic areas to encourage compact communities. This in turn will help achieve densities that can support transit, commercial centres and more protected green space.

Density bonuses are often used in infill and brownfield redevelopment as an incentive for developers to convert underused lands into vibrant neighbourhoods.

17 Sep, 2008 Incentive for Density Programs

Density Bonuses offer developments a level of density that surpasses the allowable Floor Area Ratio (FAR) in exchange for amenities or housing needed by the community. These amenities typically include parks, heritage preservation and affordable housing, but offering increased density in exchange for greener development can also be seen as an amenity to the community [1].

17 Sep, 2008 Development Cost Charges
17 Sep, 2008 DCCs - Key Implementation Considerations

Some local governments apply DCCs uniformly and do not differentiate between different types of development and their impact on infrastructure. Alternatively, a sector or gradient approach to DCCs sets reduced rates for higher density development and high performance buildings, reflecting the associated reduction in infrastructure costs.

17 Sep, 2008 Using Development Cost Charges to Finance Smart Development

Development Cost Charges (DCCs) are the most common means of financing growth-related infrastructure.

They are one time charges that local governments can levy on most new subdivision and building at the time of approval. DCCs shift financial responsibility for providing capital costs for off-site infrastructure, including sewer, water, storm drainage, roads, and parkland, from the general tax base to the developers of new growth requiring the infrastructure.

17 Sep, 2008 Regional Growth Strategy
17 Sep, 2008 How can a Regional Growth Strategy be used to take action on climate change?

An effective regional growth strategy guides growth in a way that minimizes emissions through efficient use of land and water resources, infrastructure and transportation systems.  In addition, maintaining greenspace serves to maximize CO2 sequestration alongside providing other environmental, social and economic benefits.

17 Sep, 2008 G15_kelowna water efficiency doc

 The City of Kelowna made water conservation a priority and developed educational resources including water efficiency guidelines / City of Kelowna

17 Sep, 2008 G14_Iona Digester

An anaerobic digester at Metro Vancouver's Iona Island wastewater treatment plant produces gas for on-site power generation / Bud Fraser, 2008

17 Sep, 2008 S07_Whistler Public Library

Whistler Public Library / Resort Municipality of Whistler

17 Sep, 2008 S07_Roundhouse - Ski hill Whistler

Roundhouse, Whistler Mountain / Resort Municipality of Whistler

17 Sep, 2008 PO27_Anti-Idling Sign

Idling sign in SE False Creek sustainable development site. / Brian Beck, 2008

17 Sep, 2008 PL07_CoV Smart

City of Vancouver fleet vehicle, a Smart Car / Vancouver_OneDay

17 Sep, 2008 G14_kelowna compost site

Kelowna and Vernon compost wastewater biosolids to produce Ogo Grow fertilizer / M. Watt & G. Light, City of Kelowna

17 Sep, 2008 G15_Aeration Blowers

HP air blowers for wastewater treatment plant / Mixing Systems Inc

16 Sep, 2008 Using Low Carbon Fuels
16 Sep, 2008 Low carbon renewable fuels are often the first step taken by a local government working to reduce GHG emissions.

Numerous low carbon renewable fuel resources and tools are available and geared specifically towards furthering the adoption of low carbon renewable fuels. Biofleet and E3Fleets are two of them.

16 Sep, 2008 Using Low Carbon Fuels

With the increase in financial and technical feasibility of low carbon fuels, it can be anticipated that fuel efficient fleets would move towards the use of low carbon fuels in the near future. More efficient fuels present opportunities to reduce GHG emissions and lower fuel bills. Many local government fleets now rely on fuels such as biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas, and hydrogen. Biofleet reports that B20 biodiesel releases 16% less carbon dioxide than regular diesel.

16 Sep, 2008
16 Sep, 2008 Vehicle and Fleet Right-Sizing