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Development contributions

What are development contributions?

Divisions 6 and 6A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) allow councils to impose contributions on development consents for community infrastructure.

The main types of development contributions relevant to the Bega Valley are:

  • Section 94 (direct) contributions – these may be in the form of land dedication and/or monetary contribution, or the provision of material public benefit. The level of contribution is determined by the relationship between expected development and the requirement for provision of, or increase in, demand for the infrastructure to be provided. Council’s development contribution plan levies direct contributions on different types of development that will, or is likely to increase demand for community infrastructure.
     
  • Section 94A (indirect) contributions - are a monetary contribution that is a percentage of the proposed cost of carrying out the development.
     
  • Planning agreements - Section 93F of the Act enables councils to enter into Voluntary Planning Agreements with a developer to dedicate land free of cost, pay a monetary contribution, or provide any other material public benefit (or any combination of them) to be used for or applied towards the provision of public infrastructure or another public purpose. Contributions under a planning agreement can be additional to, or in place of Section 94 or 94A contributions.

What are development contributions used for?

Development contributions are spent on community infrastructure identified in the schedule of works in Council’s contribution plan. This schedule reflects Council’s latest community infrastructure capital works priorities as well as the provision of local and district level roads, parks, sporting, recreation and cultural facilities and car parking facilities. Council can only levy contributions under Section 94 if the area for development in question falls under one of Council’s development contribution plans.

Are private home builders asked to contribute?

It is important to check with Council whether any contributions are payable because if there were no contributions paid at the time of subdivision, or your development is of a nature that increases demands for community of public infrastructure, then a contribution will apply.  For more information on the current contributions amount, see Councils Fees and Charges document.

How are development contributions calculated?

Contributions payable are calculated during assessment of a development application and are then levied as a condition of development consent. They must be paid before Council can issue a subdivision certificate or construction certificate. Contributions for Complying Development must be paid prior to commencing works.  The contributions plan explains the calculation methodology.

Current Plans

Council has prepared a new contributions plan 'Section 94 and 94A Contributions Plan 2014', which repeals all previous contributions plans applying in the Bega Valley Shire. All development approvals issued on or after 17 February 2015 are subject to the new contributions plan. For further information please contact Council's Strategic Planning section on 6499 2222.

Repealed Plans:

  1. Existing Rural Roads
  2. Carparking
  3. Recreation Facilities and Public Reserves
  4. Old Wallagoot Road, Kalaru
  5. Tuross Street and Lane, Bermagui
  6. Bald Hills Road, Bald Hills
  7. Lochiel Road, Nethercote
  8. Narrawa Place, Jellat
  9. Strudwicks Road, Bermagui
  10. Roads, Water and Sewer Prospect Estate, South Pambula
  11. George Street and Lane, Bermagui

Development Contribution (Registers)

Section 64 water and sewer contributions

Contributions for water and sewer infrastructure are levied under section 64 of the Local Government Act 1993. These contributions are detailed in Council’s Development Servicing Plan (prepared in accordance with the Department of Water and Energy Best-Practice Management of Water Supply and Sewerage Guidelines 2007). For more information on the current section 64 contributions go to Council’s Fees and Charges or contact Council's Water and Sewer Services on 6499 2222.

Contribution Plan Register

  • Section 94 Contribution - 2014
  • Section 94 Contribution - 2015
  • Section 94 Receipts

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