Multi-Family Housing Incentive

Multi-Family Housing Incentive

The Multi-family Housing Incentive Program was created to encourage the development of multi-family buildings, providing more rental options for Quesnel residents. The incentive program helps to make new developments financially viable.

The program is intended to provide a 5 or 10 year tax exemption incentive for the development of multi-family housing units that improve accessibility as well as meet set design and livability standards. Additionally, development cost charges may also be waived for providing non-profit housing units and they may be reduced for developments that are of a low environmental impact, if they first meet the tax exemption incentives. 

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible, projects must include 3 or more attached units and must meet the requirements outlined below:

 

To apply, you must have a complete development permit submitted to Development Services for review. 

PRINTABLE FACT SHEET

MULTI-FAMILY DEVELOPMENT PERMIT AREA MAP

ADAPTABLE HOUSING DESIGN STANDARDS

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?

In order to be eligible, projects must include 3 or more attached units and must meet the requirements below:

5 or 10 year tax exemption

  • Minimum construction value of $300,000
  • 50% of dwellings must meet the adaptable housing standards
  • Individual units must include balconies or access to a shared green space
  • At least 3 of 4 exterior design standards must be met

Waiver of DCCs for non-profit housing units

  • All of eligibility requirements for the 5 or 10 year tax exemption must be met
  • DCCs are waived for individual dwellings that are managed by non-profits where the property owner enters into a covenant with the City restricting the tenure to non-profit housing for the period of tax exemption permitted

Reduced DCCs for low environmental impact

  • All of the eligibility requirements for the 5 or 10 year tax exemption must be met
  • Minimum density of 50 dwellings per hectare
  • Low flow fixtures throughout the building
  • Water efficient landscaping or xeriscaping
HOW IS THE ANNUAL TAX EXEMPTION CALCLUATED?

Annual tax exemption = (Post development AVI - Pre-development AVI) x tax rate on municipal portion of taxes/1000

WHAT IS MEANT BY 5 AND 10 YEAR EXEMPTIONS?

100% exemption on the municipal portion of taxes due on the increase in the assessed value of improvements over the previous year.

WHAT IS "NON-PROFIT HOUSING"?

Non-market housing required for non-profit organizations' registered under the Society Act. Non-market housing means affordable housing developed with government assistance, which may or may not include ongoing subsidy, and which rents or sells for below market value, at amounts affordable to low-income individuals.

WHAT IS MEANT BY "LOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT"?

Project is:

  1. Located in the Primary and Secondary Growth Area designated on Schedules A-1 and A-2 to this bylaw; (required)
  2. Meets a minimum residential density of 50 dwellings per hectare;
  3. Comprised of water efficient landscaping or xeriscaping; and,
  4. The entire building contains low flow fixtures.

The project may replace one of the requirements in 2) to 4) of this definition with another unique or innovative environmentally sustainable feature, to the satisfaction of the Director (this could include retaining mature or existing trees on site, incorporating urban agriculture into the site design, etc.).

WHAT IS "ADAPTABLE HOUSING"?

Housing that has been designed to easily accommodate future renovations to improve accessibility. Adaptable Housing allows people to “age in place” and includes features such as a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom on the main floor; wider hallways and doors; lever-type door hardware; and blocking in bathroom walls to accommodate future grab bars.

ADAPTABLE HOUSING DESIGN STANDARDS

WHAT DESIGN STANDARDS MUST BE MET?

At least three of the four following design standards must be met:

  • Exposed wood is included as a major or minor design feature (heavy timber, manufactured products such as glulams, or others).
  • Use of a variety of exterior materials; preference is given to wood, stone, brick, concrete (e.g. hardie plank), metal and glass.
  • Development that creates pedestrian-friendly street frontages by incorporating design features that connect the building frontages to the street (i.e. windows, doorways, decks, paths to the street, landscaping along the street, etc.).
  • Design includes varied and interesting facades, including a variety of roof lines, roof cover over entry points, balconies and porches.
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