Local Government
Contributions Plan

Review of The Hills Shire Council's Contributions Plan no 12 - Balmoral Road Release Area

In progress
Start Date
Nov 2018
End Date
Jun 2019

IPART is currently assessing The Hills Shire Council’s revised Contributions Plan No.12 – Balmoral Road Release Area (CP12).

The council publicly exhibited the plan during May 2018 and June 2018. This plan has not yet been adopted by the council.

The version of CP12 currently in force was adopted by the council in 2006 and assessed by IPART in 2011.


The Minister for Planning’s Local Infrastructure Contributions Direction 2012, as amended in February 2018, caps the local infrastructure contributions for residential development that the council can levy under CP12 at $40,000 per lot or dwelling.

The council has submitted the plan to IPART for assessment because it intends to seek Local Infrastructure Growth Scheme (LIGS) funding for the amount of any contribution which is above the cap.


We will assess whether the contributions plan meets the following criteria, as set out in the Department of Planning and Environment’s Practice Note (January 2018):

  • Are all items of infrastructure on the essential works list?
  • Is the infrastructure needed to meet demand from new development?
  • Are the cost estimates reasonable?
  • Can the infrastructure be provided in a reasonable timeframe?
  • Are costs reasonably apportioned?
  • Did the council consult appropriately?

At the commencement of our review, we invited interest parties to make a submission related to the assessment criteria.  However, we did not receive any submissions. We may also conduct targeted consultation on a draft of our assessment report.


CP12 applies to the Balmoral Road Release Area of The Hills Shire LGA in Sydney’s North West.


What Next

 We expect to publish a final report on our assessment of CP12 in June 2019.

Key Contact
Julia Williams
02 9290 8457
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