IPART has reviewed components of the infrastructure contributions system to ensure contributions plans reflect development-contingent costs only.
Section 7.11 of the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 allows councils to levy contributions towards the cost of providing local infrastructure. Contributions plans set out the local infrastructure required to meet the demand from new development, and the contributions a council can levy on developers to fund the necessary land and works.
Under 2 terms of reference we were been asked to:
- provide advice to inform an essential works list that would apply to all section 7.11 contributions plans.
- provide advice on an approach councils should use to determine the most efficient local infrastructure to meet the needs of new development, applying the principle of nexus and
- develop and maintain standardised benchmark costs for local infrastructure that reflects the efficient cost of provision.
This review supports the NSW Government’s proposed reform of the infrastructure contributions system in NSW.
We released a draft report, on 29 October 2021 covering both terms of reference.
Submissions on the draft report closed in December 2021. IPART presented the Final Report to the Minister for Planning by 18 February 2022. We are no longer accepting submissions to this review.
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