The forthcoming new planning controls for the Parramatta CBD under the Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal will enable the population to grow by an estimated 15,340 additional dwellings and 46,120 additional jobs over the next 40 years. This new population will use local infrastructure and contribute to demand for its use.
The Parramatta CBD Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan (“Draft Plan”) ensures certainty, consistency, transparency and accountability for the community, developers and Council about the need to collect contributions for local infrastructure.
The Draft Plan was endorsed for exhibition at Council’s Meeting on Monday 26 July 2021 and was on public exhibition from Monday 9 August until 5pm Monday 20 September 2021.
The new plan replaces Parramatta CBD Development Contributions Plan 2007 (Amendment 5). A separate contributions plan applies to the remaining part of the City of Parramatta local government area.
Through the Parramatta CBD Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan, Council will be able to receive approximately $1 billion in income from development over 40 years with the increased percentage rates proposed. This is reasonable as it is less than the $1.19 billion in costs reasonably apportioned to new development. Due to feasibility testing results, Council officers do not recommend higher contribution rates to recover the full amount.
The Works Map below lists the works proposed and where the work would be located. The Works Map can also be accessed HERE for better full-screen experience.
Exhibition of the Draft CBD Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2021 concluded on at 5pm on 20 September 2021.
Council is currently reviewing all the submissions received from stakeholders and community members. Council officers will prepare a report to Council on the outcomes of the exhibition period.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Development contributions plans enable Councils to charge fees on new development in order to help fund the delivery of local infrastructure which will be required as a result of additional demand coming from more residents, workers and visitors.
pay these fees as a condition of consent on a Development Application or
Complying Development Certificate. The contributions plan sets out the types of
development that would be charged a contribution.
The forthcoming new planning controls for the Parramatta CBD under the “Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal” will enable the population to grow by an estimated 15,340 additional dwellings and 46,120 additional jobs over the next 40 years. This new population will use local infrastructure and contribute to demand for its use. The Draft Plan takes into consideration development feasibility, infrastructure needs and compliance with the State policy framework.
The Draft Plan ensures certainty, consistency, transparency and accountability for the community, developers and Council about the need to collect contributions for local infrastructure.
The Draft Plan is a Section 7.12 Contributions Plan where levies are based on fixed percentages applied to the estimated cost of a development.
Council had been pursuing a “value sharing” scheme but is now relying on a Section 7.12 Plan. Why the change in approach?
A key element of the exhibited Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal (CBD PP) was enabling developers to access the Incentive Floor Space Ratio (FSR) and Opportunity Site FSR through the provision of community infrastructure on site, formalised through a planning agreement. After the CBD PP’s exhibition, in February 2021, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) released its new “Planning Agreements – Practice Note”, which does not support the use of Planning Agreements for the purposes of value capture or “value sharing”.
To address this, an alternative approach has been recommended that preserves the original intent of the exhibited CBD PP by requiring compliance with key community infrastructure principles before a development can access the Incentive FSR and Opportunity Site FSR.
Additionally, a Section 7.12 plan approach was recommended and was subsequently endorsed by Council on 26 July 2021. This Draft Plan proposes a higher Section 7.12 percentage rate for residential and non-residential development, which will apply instead of the provision of community infrastructure requirement (that was quantified through “value sharing” rates). Accordingly, local infrastructure funding will still be assured through this alternate funding pathway, if the higher Section 7.12 rate is endorsed by DPIE.
It is intended that the new plan will be in place prior to the DPIE finalising the Council-endorsed CBD PP.
The Draft Plan proposes increasing existing contribution rates from 3 per cent to:
- 5 per cent – in the case of residential accommodation with a total development cost over $250,000.
- 4 per cent – in the case of other development (excluding residential accommodation) with a total development cost over $250,000.
- 5 per cent – in the case of mixed-use development (development including both residential accommodation and other land uses) with a total development cost over $250,000.
- no contribution – in the case of development where the total development cost is $250,000 or less.
The increases are consistent with Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s criteria for increasing a levy above 1 per cent.
Rates are being increased to help fund the additional infrastructure generated by new development anticipated under the Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal. The Draft Plan’s proposed contribution rates have regard to:
- Development feasibility – to ensure development remains feasible.
- Existing plan and value sharing income – to at least match income that would have been received if the existing plan and CBD value sharing scheme were retained.
- Apportioned costs – providing a reasonable contribution towards development-generated (‘apportioned’) infrastructure demand and costs.
The provision of new and upgraded infrastructure is critical to realising Council’s vision and strategic objectives for the Parramatta CBD.
Council needs to provide a range of local infrastructure to meet both the existing and new (development-generated) population’s infrastructure demand and cost. If Council does not provide this infrastructure then service levels for both the existing and new population will decline.
The Draft Plan includes approximately $2 billion of local infrastructure works to be provided by Council over the next 40 years. Of this, approximately $1.19 billion or 59 per cent can be reasonably attributed or ‘apportioned’ to development-generated infrastructure demand.
The Draft Plan is forecast to generate approximately $1 billion in income over 40 years with the increased percentage rates proposed. This is reasonable as it is less than the $1.19 billion in costs reasonably apportioned to development. Due to feasibility testing results, Council officers do not recommend higher contribution rates to recover the full amount.
Council will need to fund the balance using existing available funding (approximately $359 million) and other funding sources, such as future planning agreement contributions, general revenue and grants.
The existing plan exempts:
- Development undertaken by or on behalf of Council, including works listed in the plan’s works program;
- Development with a development cost of less than $250,000; and
- Development excluded by a Ministerial direction.
The Draft Plan retains these exemptions and includes a new exemption for affordable housing and social housing where this is delivered by or on behalf of a social housing provider or public authority.
Under the Draft Plan’s proposed transitional provisions, the new contribution rates will only apply to development applications lodged after the Draft Plan’s commencement date, but not before. This means existing development applications are not affected by any changes to development contributions.
Refer to Section 2.4 of the Draft Plan, ‘Accredited certifier obligations’ for details.
The Draft Plan proposes to defer payment of contributions from the Construction Certificate stage to the Occupation Certificate stage for all development. This means the contribution is paid at the end of the development’s construction rather than the beginning. For Complying Development, the contribution must be paid before works begin – the same as current requirements.
The Draft Plan is being publicly exhibited from Monday, 9 August until 5pm on Monday, 20 September 2021. The Draft Plan will come into effect following Council endorsement and then Ministerial approval of the increased rates and amendment to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation. Separate notice of the Plan’s commencement will be issued before it comes into effect.