Local Infrastructure Contributions and Planning Agreements

Development contributions

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act) enables councils or other consent authorities to levy contributions for public amenities and services required as a consequence of development.  

Development Contributions are prepared in accordance with the requirements of the EPA Act and associated regulations.


Section 7.11 Contribution Plans 

The City Wide Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2020 was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 20 May 2020 and came into force on 1 July 2020.

Further information regarding Infrastructure Contributions and guide can be found on Department of Planning and Environment’s (DPE) website here

The City Wide Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2020 repeals and replaces various plans which can be found here.

Current contribution levies

The current contribution levies for the City Wide Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2020 are shown below and are valid from 1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022.

CPI Levies

Local Catchments

Kurri Kurri to Maitland Local Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$3,436.94

Community Facilities

$1,656.33

Cycleway Facilities

$1,349.21

Roads and Traffic

$5,105.51

Plan Administration

$108.28

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$11,656.26

 

Nulkaba Local Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$7023.56

Community Facilities

$1,865.25

Cycleway Facilities

$1,479.66

Roads and Traffic

$8,131.43

Plan Administration

$176.69

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$18,676.57

 

Government Road Local Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$7,742.59

Community Facilities

$1,865.25

Cycleway Facilities

$1,479.66

Roads and Traffic

$5,117.48

Plan Administration

$175.69

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$16,380.66

 

Bellbird North Local Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$12,428.38

Community Facilities

$1,800.82

Cycleway Facilities

$1,428.55

Roads and Traffic

$13,397.03

Plan Administration

$254.50

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$29,309.28

 

Millfield Local Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$8,461.34

Community Facilities

$1,128.47

Cycleway Facilities

$4,291.71

Roads and Traffic

$1,298.13

Plan Administration

$226.42

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$15,406.07

 

District Catchments

Cessnock District Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$7,023.56

Community Facilities

$1,865.25

Cycleway Facilities

$1,479.66

Roads and Traffic

$1,196.97

Plan Administration

$173.31

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$11,738.74

 

Kurri Kurri District Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$2,577.20

Community Facilities

$1,656.33

Cycleway Facilities

$1,349.21

Roads and Traffic

$1,193.86

Plan Administration

$101.53

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$6,878.14

 

Branxton-Greta District Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$3,955.82

Community Facilities

$1,445.16

Cycleway Facilities

$2,169.81

Roads and Traffic

$1,193.86

Plan Administration

$131.52

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$8,896.17

 

Rural West District Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$8,461.34

Community Facilities

$1,128.47

Cycleway Facilities

$4,291.71

Roads and Traffic

$1,193.86

Plan Administration

$226.17

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$15,301.56

 

Savings and transitional arrangements

A Development Application submitted prior to the adoption of Contribution Plans and/or Agreements, but not determined, shall be determined in accordance with the Plan/Agreement which applied at the date of determination of the Application. 

Monitoring and review

Contributions Plans and Planning Agreements will be reviewed regularly in accordance with the Plans.

Forecasting for the future

Council’s Local Infrastructure Contributions Plans use population projections to assist us in planning the infrastructure required to meet the needs of the growing population of the Cessnock Local Government Area. Council has engaged ID (Informed Decisions), a specialist in demographics, to prepare a population forecasting module to assist us with our strategic planning. This forecasting module is now available to all and can be accessed at forecast.id.com.au/Cessnock.

Contributions register

In accordance with the EPA Act and Regulations, Council must have a Contributions Plan Register available at the link below: 

Development Contributions Register(XLSX, 260KB)  
Access IntraMaps   Access Application Tracker

Contributions quotations

Section 7.11 and Section 7.12 Contributions Quotation Application Form


Section 7.12 Fixed development consent levies

The Section 7.12 Levy Contribution Plan(PDF, 3MB) applies to all forms of development not otherwise covered by an existing Development Contributions Plan or Planning Agreement e.g. commercial, industrial, government agencies and mixed-use development.  


Planning Agreements and Policy

A Planning Agreement is an agreement between the planning authority (Council or (DPE) the

Department of Planning and Environment) and the developer.

Council’s adopted Planning Agreement Policy can be found here. To assist with the negotiation and preparation of Planning Agreements, Council has prepared the following documentation for assistance:

Planning Agreements

Council has entered into several Planning Agreements under section 7.4 Planning Agreements of the EPA Act. A register of these Planning Agreements can be found here(PDF, 107KB). Individual register agreements can be found below: 

Biodiversity Planning Agreements

Council has entered into several Biodiversity Planning Agreements. A register of these Planning Agreements can be found here(PDF, 130KB). Individual register agreements can be found below:

Further information:  

For more information, please email contributions@cessnock.nsw.gov.au