Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing

Community lifecycle infrastructure costing is a process that can help local governments estimate the entire life cycle infrastructure costs for different land use patterns (for example, compact versus lower density development).

New infrastructure development (for example, water, sewer and transportation) requires careful consideration of how the type and location of the infrastructure will impact future land use plans. The financial and land use impacts of these decisions will influence community sustainability and resilience.


The community lifecycle infrastructure costing tool (CLIC Tool) can help local governments better understand the long-term cost implications of land use decisions. The CLIC Tool does this by integrating infrastructure lifecycle costs (development, maintenance, servicing and replacement) into land use planning and development decisions. Specific applications of the tool have shown that compact development is more cost-effective over time than lower density development.

The analysis generated by the CLIC Tool can help local governments build business cases for the development of more compact, complete, connected and centred communities. The tool also fosters integrated and informed decision-making with the potential to deliver more sustainable and resilient land use choices.

The CLIC Tool was designed to help local governments estimate the lifecycle cost implications of different types of infrastructure developments over a 100-year period. It was developed in collaboration with local governments and other agencies.