Development Contributions

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The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 empowers Council to collect contributions from developers to help pay for services and infrastructure to meet the demands from development.

Contributions are collected under Section 94 or Section 94A of the Act, or Council may enter into a Planning Agreement as provided for under Section 93 of the Act.

Section 94 Contributions

Section 94 Contributions are imposed on residential development in accordance with a Contributions Plan. The Plan specifies the base contribution rates that developers need to pay, and the services and facilities that the funds are to be spent on.

Money collected is used to help provide parks, road and traffic improvements, community centres, bushfire and other services.

Section 94A Contributions 

Section 94A contributions are imposed on non residential development. They are calculated as a flat rate levy on the cost of development, and are charged at 0.5% of the value of developments  between  $100,000 - $200,000 and 1% of the value of developments above $200,000. Money collected through a Section 94A levy is spent on services and facilities identified in the Section 94A Works Schedule included in Council’s current Contributions Plan.

Planning Agreements

A Planning Agreement is an alternative means of providing developer contributions and allows  for a more flexible approach to the collection and expenditure of developer contributions. Council has recently adopted a Planning Agreements Policy which establishes a framework to guide the preparation of planning agreements in a manner that is efficient, fair, transparent and accountable.  Councils Statement of Business Ethics should also be followed in the preparation of Planning Agreements.

Contact

Council's Developer Contributions Planning Coordinator on 4677 1100 or council@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au