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New approach from TCDC to development contributions

New approach from TCDC to development contributions

New government legislation means Thames Coromandel District Council now has a new approach to development contributions.

TCDC is no longer collecting development contributions toward new infrastructure projects for harbour facilities, solid waste, libraries, swimming pools, airfields or cemeteries. This is part of an amended draft Development Contributions Policy.

If adopted by Council, the new policy will not take effect until 1 July 2015. Public consultation will begin in March 2015 at the same time as TCDC's Long Term Plan consultation.

Although the government changed its development contributions legislation for new projects, projects already underway will continue to be funded from development contributions.

The new legislation requires a small change to the process. Development contributions will now be calculated on the charges that apply at the time a consent is lodged, not granted.

The legislation now includes provisions allowing for private developer agreements.

TCDC's current Development Contributions Policy already allows for these, but the Local Government Act 2002 now includes some specific requirements about the content of these agreements and the process that must be followed.

Either councils or developers can propose agreements and, if a council does not wish to enter into an agreement, it must provide a written response setting out reasons for this.Development contributions are collected on new developments to cover the cost of the things that have to be built or otherwise provided to supply services to new developments on the Coromandel.

The concept is that existing ratepayers shouldn't have to pay for infrastructure needed for new developments and that it's fairer if those costs are covered by the new development that needs it.

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