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Summary

IPART has completed its Draft Report on the Review of Penrith City Council’s Orchard Hills North Contributions Plan 2022.

The council proposed to levy a contribution rate of around $130,000 for a typical house. In total it would raise around $218 million in contributions to developers over the life of the Orchard Hills North precinct. The council will use the contributions it collects to fund open space, stormwater management and transport infrastructure, as well as land acquisitions needed to support development in the precinct.

IPART found most of the infrastructure and costs in the plan are essential, reasonable and that community liaison has occurred. IPART is seeking further information from the council about costs and apportionment. 

Under our draft recommendations, we estimate that the total costs of the plan will be around $231 million, with a contribution rate for a typical dwelling around $137,000. 

We published a Draft Report on our assessment findings and draft recommendations. We welcome submissions from any interested parties until 4 June 2024.

We will provide our final assessment and recommendations to the Minister. The Minister, or their Nominee, will advise the council on any changes it needs to make prior to adopting the plan. The council will then be entitled to charge the applicable contributions rates in Orchard Hills North.

Key contact
Scott Chapman
02 9290 8449