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Sustainable Development Decision-making Tools


Tools such as the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s (Ministry) Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing (CLIC) Tool can be useful to local governments when they are making sustainable development and asset management decisions.

Local governments need to consider a wide range of information to ensure their land use and development choices balance the environmental, social and economic objectives of their communities. 

By integrating the life-cycle costs (as opposed to only short-term capital costs) of infrastructure into land use planning and development decisions, local governments can better understand the long-term cost implications of their decisions. This can then lead to more informed, sustainable development choices and long-term savings for local governments and their residents.


The Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing (CLIC) Tool
To assist local governments in estimating the life cycle-cost implications of different types of developments over a 100 year period, the Ministry, in collaboration with local governments, and other agencies including the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, Asset Management BC, Fraser Basin Council and the Government Finance Officers Association, has developed a Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing (CLIC) Tool
(XLSM. 2.5MG).

The CLIC Tool is excel-based and has been piloted with six communities across B.C.


A User Guide (PDF, 1.4 MG) has been developed to assist local governments to use the CLIC Tool.




Other Resources and Guidance Material:
A selection of other guidance, resources and analytical tools to help local governments assess and quantify the financial and other impacts of development decisions are provided below. 


Application of CMHC’s “Lifecycle Costing Tool for Community Infrastructure Planning”

Guidance and Resources:

Other Tools and Resources:


Land-Use Scenario Analysis
District Energy

Infrastructure Cost

Energy and GHG Emissions


Emission Factors:

Land use:

  • Community Energy and Emissions Modelling -



Green Communities Committee – Household organic waste composting

Renewable Energy:

Renewable Energy:



Solid Waste



Please contact the Intergovernmental Relations and Planning Branch for further information at:

Intergovernmental Relations & Planning Branch
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
6th Floor
800 Johnson Street
PO Box 9841 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9T2
250 387-4037 in Victoria
For toll free access call Enquiry BC:
Call 604-660-2421 in Vancouver or 1-800-663-7867 elsewhere in B.C. and request a transfer to 250-387-4037 in Victoria
Intergovernmental Relations and Planning


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