Local government parkland acquisition fees

In addition to revenue from other charges and property taxation, local governments can finance parkland acquisition using: development cost charges; contribution, or dedication, of parkland; and cash-in-lieu upon subdivision.

Funds from development cost charges and cash-in-lieu must be deposited to reserve funds for the purpose of acquisition of parkland.

Any local government currently charging parkland development cost charges or using the five percent dedication/cash-in-lieu provsions should consider the following:

  • Avoiding double-charging
  • Land versus cash-in-lieu
  • Basis for the five percent calculation
  • Selecting parkland within a subdivision
  • Determining the cash-in-lieu value
  • Park frontage costs
  • Consideration for parkland needs
  • Considerations for non-residential parkland requirements

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