Understanding development contributions
Development contributions (Section 7.11 and 7.12, and formerly Section 94) are payments made by developers to Council to help fund new and improved facilities and services that are required for new residents and businesses in the local area.
Development contributions ensure that developers and businesses contribute towards the cost of infrastructure needed to support new communities such as new roads, community centres, libraries and recreation facilities. The contributions are charged by Council in the development assessment process. Contributions are required for a range of developments such as subdivision, medium density housing, commercial and industrial development and tourist facilities.
Information about development contributions can be found within the individual Contribution Plans, which also identify the types of development that may require payment, as well as the formulas for calculating the payments and the facilities and services the funds will be spent on.