Development contributions are payments made by developers to enable Council to provide public amenities and services required for new residents and businesses. Contributions are imposed by way of a condition of development consent or complying development and can be satisfied by:
- Dedication of land
- A monetary contribution
- A material public benefit or
- A combination of some or all of the above.
The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 makes provision for Council to enter into voluntary planning agreements as the means through which these additional community facilities are provided. Under these agreements, Council enters into a legal contract with a developer to construct public facilities and infrastructure or provide public services as part of the conditions of development consent.
Trunk infrastructure: Priority Infrastructure Plan (PIP)
Burdekin Shire Council has developed a PIP in accordance with the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act, 2009. The purpose of the PIP is to integrate and coordinate land use and infrastructure planning and to ensure that the provision of trunk infrastructure is performed in an efficient and orderly manner.
Contributions may be payable for the following types of infrastructure.
- Water Supply
- Storm Water Management (including Stream Mitigation & Water Quality)
- Traffic Management & Transport (for upgrading of network road)
- Public Parks and Community Land
The Queensland Government established an Infrastructure Charges Taskforce in early 2010. The Taskforce was tasked with identifying opportunities to simplify, standardise and streamline the infrastructure funding arrangements across Queensland.
The Taskforce released its recommendations in early 2011 with each being accepted by the State Government. Amendments have recently been made to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 providing legislative basis for establishing a regulated charging regime for Queensland.
The Amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 allowed the establishment of a State Planning Regulatory Provision – Adopted Charges (SPRP). The SPRP details the maximum charges Councils can charge for various development types. It also allows Councils to decide whether to adopt the proposed maximum charges or a lower amount.