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.
 

Transportation

Local governments can allow density bonuses in strategic areas to encourage compact communities. This in turn will help achieve transit viable densities and affordable housing.
 

Buildings

Local governments can encourage high performance or “green” buildings by offering density bonuses in exchange for these amenities.
 

Further Resouces

BC Office of Housing and Construction Standards has created the guide Density Bonus Provisions of the Municipal Act, which explains the use of density bonuses, and provides a model bylaw.

An example of a successful density bonus program is provided by the City of North Vancouver here: http://www.cnv.org/server.aspx?c=2&i=394