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System development charges report

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Read a report evaluating the strategic use of system development charges to fund planning and infrastructure and promote vibrant communities.

cover of the SDC report

Promoting vibrant communities

In July 2007 Metro and its partners published a report evaluating the strategic use of system development charges to finance planning and infrastructure, promote job creation and economic vitality, and encourage sustainable development patterns..

From the executive summary

This report shows the role of system development charges in providing necessary revenue to fund infrastructure generally, as well as playing an important role in helping communities achieve broader policy objectives related to community and economic development. Local jurisdictions can choose among a number of technical and policy-based approaches to tailor SDCs to meet the physical and financial requirements of the systems and promote infrastructure and development as envisioned in local comprehensive and system plans. Jurisdictions in the Metro region do not have to look far for examples of approaches to achieving real cost recovery through SDCs; there are a number of local communities that have implemented innovative approaches to SDC development and assessment in recent years, and more are likely to follow as the region’s infrastructure funding needs continue to grow. Metro can work in partnership with local jurisdictions, the development community and other stakeholders to raise awareness related to regional infrastructure needs and development impacts, as well as support the implementation of SDC approaches that will encourage 2040 development patterns and further strengthen the region’s local communities.

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