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: Local Government Infrastructure Plan
Burdekin Shire Council currently has a Priority Infrastructure Plan (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
With the introduction of the Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (SPICOLA 2014), local governments are now required to replace their Priority Infrastructure Plans (PIP) with a Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP).
Until this has happened a PIP included within a planning scheme is considered to be an LGIP.
Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution
The new Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution complies with amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act, 2009 that came into effect on 4 July 2014.
So that Council can fund infrastructure, the State Government developed a State Planning Regulatory Provision (SPRP) which details the maximum charges local governments can apply to various development categories through a local government resolution – Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (AICR). The Adopted Infrastructure Resolution details how and when infrastructure charges will be applied to development and the level of charges for each development category. The amended Act requires Council to include provisions for offsets and refunds as well as criteria for the conversion of non-trunk to trunk infrastructure before 1 July, 2015.
Council levies infrastructure charges following the development assessment process. Charges apply for Reconfiguring a Lot (subdivision), Material Change of Use, Operational Works and in some instances building works that generates additional demand on trunk infrastructure networks. Money or assets collected through this process contribute to the delivery of essential trunk infrastructure to service new development.
The following document relates to the Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (adopted on 30 June 2015, effective from 1 July 2015) and can be accessed through this website:
- Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution - (pdf 269.69 kB)
The AICR will apply to new applications lodged from 1 July 2015
For further information about the AICR please contact Council’s Planning and Development office staff on 4783 9800