Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) will continue working with the development industry to identify opportunities to build our expanding urban areas.
Part of this co-operative effort is based on the development industry and TRC providing infrastructure to service these growing areas.
TRC Planning and Development Committee chair Cr Chris Tait said Council would continue to levy infrastructure charges as provided for under Queensland’s Planning Act.
Cr Tait said there was an obligation on developers to share in providing trunk infrastructure (sewerage, water, stormwater, parks and local roads) to enable growth and development to continue across the region.
“If developers were not required to make contributions for this purpose, it would fall to ratepayers to fund the infrastructure that developers require in order to undertake their residential and industrial subdivisions and building projects,” Cr Tait said.
“These contributions enable Council to provide essential trunk infrastructure to service growth areas across the region.
“This arrangement is legislated in the Planning Act, which regulates local governments’ obligations in relation to infrastructure, and sets up a mechanism that enables Council to equitably and responsibly identify charges associated with the various forms of land use development possible under the Planning Scheme.
“Council’s urban infrastructure planning is based on the projected funding requirements to meet projected demand for serviced urban land across the region.”