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.

Development Contributions Register(XLS, 486KB)  
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Section 7.11 Contribution Plans

Some developments require a financial contribution to Council to aid the provision of infrastructure, public amenities and services in the local area as a direct result of new development. 

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.

The Plan provides a complete review of all Section 7.11 plans that have been adopted by Council, including updates to administration clauses, demographics and works schedules, and provides a mechanism for Council to impose a condition of Development Consent requiring payment of a contribution.

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

Indexation of contributions

Contributions imposed by a condition of Development Consent are subject to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Indexation will be applied in line with the most recent ABS quarterly CPI. A detailed list of past CPI releases and the dates of the next release can be viewed at ABS - Consumer Price Index. The current levies in accordance with the City Wide Infrastructure Contributions Plan are as follows:

CPI Levies

Local Catchments

Kurri Kurri to Maitland Local Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$3,240.94

Community Facilities

1,561.87

Cycleway Facilities

1,272.26

Roads and Traffic

4,814.34

Plan Administration

102.10

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$10,991.51

 

Nulkaba Local Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$6,623.01

Community Facilities

1,758.87

Cycleway Facilities

1,395.27

Roads and Traffic

7,667.70

Plan Administration

166.61

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$17,611.46

 

Government Road Local Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$7,301.04

Community Facilities

1,758.87

Cycleway Facilities

1,395.27

Roads and Traffic

4,825.63

Plan Administration

165.68

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$15,446.49

 

Bellbird North Local Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$12,138.87

Community Facilities

1,758.87

Cycleway Facilities

1,395.27

Roads and Traffic

13,084.95

Plan Administration

248.57

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$28,626.53

 

Millfield Local Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$7,978.80

Community Facilities

1,064.11

Cycleway Facilities

4,046.96

Roads and Traffic

1,224.09

Plan Administration

213.51

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$14,527.47

 

District Catchments

Cessnock District Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$6,623.01

Community Facilities

1,758.87

Cycleway Facilities

1,395.27

Roads and Traffic

1,128.71

Plan Administration

163.43

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$11,069.29

 

Kurri Kurri District Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$2,430.23

Community Facilities

1,561.87

Cycleway Facilities

1,272.26

Roads and Traffic

1,125.78

Plan Administration

95.74

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$6,485.88

 

Branxton-Greta District Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$3,730.22

Community Facilities

1,362.75

Cycleway Facilities

2,046.06

Roads and Traffic

1,125.78

Plan Administration

124.02

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$8,388.83

 

Rural West District Catchment

Open Space and Recreation Facilities

$7,978.80

Community Facilities

1,064.11

Cycleway Facilities

4,046.96

Roads and Traffic

1,125.78

Plan Administration

213.27

Total Contribution per lot/dwelling

$14,428.92

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.


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.

Note: The reference to Planning Agreement only relates to those agreements developed for the purpose of being an alternate to applying Development Contributions.

Levies collected under this Plan will assist in the future provision of public domain works in Cessnock, Branxton, Kurri Kurri, Weston and village centres, street tree planting, civil works under the Pathways Construction Program, public art and plan administration.


Planning Agreements and Policy

A Planning Agreement is an agreement between the planning authority (Council or the Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment) and the developer. Under a Planning Agreement, the developer agrees to provide or fund:

  • infrastructure, public amenities and services
  • affordable housing
  • transport or other infrastructure

Council has an adopted Planning Agreement Policy which 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, 102KB) . 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, 126KB) . Individual register agreements can be found below:

 


Further information: 

For more information or contribution fee quotes, please email contributions@cessnock.nsw.gov.au