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Reduction in Parkland Dedication Payments (s. 42 (6.2) and (6.3) )

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An illustration of a 4 storey building, which shows the types of sustainability features that could be achieved in exchange for reduced parkland dedication payments.  These include: orienting buildings on the lot for maximum solar exposure, natural lighting and passive heating. It also shows green roofs, a green wall, geothermal heating and cooling, reduced parking with carshare, permeable paving materials, native trees and landscaping, publicly accessible open spaces next to the sidewalk, and bike racks. 

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Description of Tool

  • Municipalities can authorize a reduction in the amount of cash-in-lieu of parkland payment if sustainability features are included in redevelopment proposals
  • Optional tool, requires official plan (OP) policies
  • Only applies where on-site parkland cannot be dedicated in redevelopment proposals


  • Municipalities must adopt OP policies and by-laws for the conveyance of land for park purposes and for cash-in-lieu payments 
  • Additional OP policies and by-laws are required to permit the reduction of cash-in-lieu payments for specified sustainability criteria, including:
    • Where this can be applied
    • Sustainable elements that will be credited
    • Exact cash value equivalent for each sustainable design element

Potential Benefits

  • May be a financial incentive to improve the sustainability of a redevelopment proposal
  • Can support water conservation, air quality improvements and management of stormwater runoff
  • Can promote energy conservation and efficiency of a redevelopment proposal

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This sheet deals in summarized and conceptualized fashion with complex matters that reflect legislation, policies and practices that are subject to change. All illustrations represent hypothetical scenarios of the application of various tools. For these reasons, this fact sheet should not be relied upon as a substitute for the relevant legislation, regulations and policy documents, or for specialized legal or professional advice when making land-use planning decisions.

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