Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) development charges compare favourably with other local government areas in South East Queensland.
TRC Planning and Development Committee chair Cr Chris Tait said Council this year had reviewed a range of development charges to establish benchmarks in line with, or lower than, surrounding councils.
“Infrastructure charges for key urban services are in line with state government caps set for a range of building categories such as a dwelling house, units and industry categories,” Cr Tait said.
“This is consistent with the state government’s expectations around infrastructure charges.
“Developer contributions paid through the Local Government Infrastructure Plan assist Council to meet its obligations to provide trunk infrastructure (sewerage, water, stormwater, parks and local roads) to growth areas across the region.
“The gap between these contributions and actual costs associated with urban infrastructure roll out is met by residents through rates to Council and/or taxes to the state and federal governments.
“A further cost component affecting development within the region relates to planning application fees.
“For example, when setting its most recent fee structure, Council reduced industrial application fees by 25-50% for specific use categories such as High Impact and Special Industry (50%) and Low Impact (25% reduction for warehouse and service industry).
“Infrastructure charges for areas like the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub are especially competitive.
“Council’s urban infrastructure planning establishes efficient ways to roll out extensions to essential networks to service emerging communities and growing neighbourhoods.”
In regard to other concerns, Cr Tait also explained that properly made and documented land use applications allowed Council to efficiently and quickly progress applications.
Sources: UDIA Qld – Research Foundation – July 2017
Planning Regulation (Update August 11, 2017)
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