Development Contribution Plans
Development Contribution Plans apply levies to development to fund community infrastructure, such as roads, libraries and sports fields. This way the burden of the cost for new infrastructure to support future growth is placed upon an incoming population, not existing ratepayers.
When development occurs, future residents require infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, parks and community services. These costs alone can’t be met by Council and the developer will be required to contribute to the cost of providing this infrastructure.
These costs are known as developer contributions or Section 94 contributions (which is the section of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 that applies). Contributions are imposed as conditions of development consent or approval.
The contribution may be:
- The payment of monies
- Dedication of an appropriate parcel of land (such as a new park)
- Improvements to the land (such as playground equipment).
Contribution plans provide the basis for what infrastructure is needed and how the costs are apportioned over an area. The plans that apply across the MidCoast Council area are shown below:
Great Lakes Region