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Assessment commenced

IPART has commenced its assessment of The Hills Shire Council’s Contributions Plan No. 18 for the Bella Vista and Kellyville Station Precincts (CP18 (2021)).

CP18 (2021) is a new contributions plan. Over the next 25 years, contributions from CP18 (2021) will go towards providing local infrastructure such as pedestrian bridges, roundabouts, parks and stormwater management facilities. This infrastructure will service the new residential, retail and commercial developments planned for the Precincts.

The council has submitted the plan to IPART for assessment because its proposed contributions ($23,962 per 2 bedroom unit) exceed the cap of $20,000 per house, which applies in this area.

Our assessment will consider whether CP18 (2021) meets the criteria as set out in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Practice Note.

We published a Draft Report on our assessment findings and draft recommendations in September 2021. In submissions to our Draft Report we received updated cost estimates for some transport and open space infrastructure items in the plan. These estimates were based on a Quantity Surveyors’ Report prepared by Rider Levett Bucknall for the developer. We have released an Information Paper and are seeking feedback on the updated cost estimates from stakeholders until 24 December 2021.

We will provide our final assessment and recommendations to the Minister. The Minister, or his 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 CP18 (2021).

Key contact
Felicity Hall
02 9290 8432