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

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:

Manning Region

Great Lakes Region

Gloucester Region



Development charges deferral scheme

We have introduced a development charges deferral scheme as a measure to help stimulate the local economy in response to COVID-19.

The scheme provides a 12-month deferral of:

  • development contributions (s7.11 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979); and/or
  • water and sewer developer charges (section 64 of the NSW Local Government Act 1993 and sections 305, 306 and 307 of the NSW Water Management Act 2000)

for subdivision and developments involving more than one dwelling.

The scheme is only applicable to development consents issued by Council.

The 12-month deferral commences from:

  • for development contributions:
    • the date of issue of a Subdivision Certificate from Council for subdivision development; or
    • the date of issue of a Construction Certificate for development involving more than one dwelling
  • for water and sewer development charges:
    • the date of issue of a Certificate of Compliance

The deferral scheme involves the applicant entering into a Deed with Council agreeing to pay these charges within the 12-month deferral period offered by Council. Surety (security) is via a bank guarantee or insurance bond for the amount of charges requested to be deferred.

If you wish to participate in the development charges deferral scheme please complete the application form below.

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