At the Hearing and Deliberations meeting on 10 June 2020 the Council considered all written and verbal feedback from the community on the draft Development Contributions Policy. The Council decided to reintroduce a policy.
Development contributions help to pay for growth-related infrastructure like a larger Council water reservoir to supply water to a development. If a Council has a development contributions policy in place, when someone applies for consents or connections for development (such as subdividing land or undertaking building work) they will need to pay money to fund growth related infrastructure.
The policy comes into effect on 1 July 2020, which means when someone applies for consents or connections for development (such as subdividing land or undertaking building work) they will need to pay money to fund growth related infrastructure. Our policy outlines which community infrastructure we will charge development contributions for and how much we will charge, depending on where the development is taking place.
Development Contributions Policy 2020 [PDF, 1.4 MB]
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We decided to reintroduce a policy because the district has experienced significant growth over the past five years and we now face demands on our infrastructure. If growth costs are not paid by either developers or through Government subsidies, they are paid for by ratepayers. We don’t think it’s fair for the existing community to be burdened with the cost of growth. It is even more important now with the economic uncertainty ahead due to COVID-19.
Developers all around New Zealand have to pay development contributions and the proposed Hauraki District charges are still less than other Councils. It is common place for developers to have to factor in development contributions when assessing the financial viability of a project and we believe this should not deter development.
Also, we may consider funding in whole or in part, any development contribution payable by applicants whose development is expected to provide a significant public benefit. This consideration will be carried out on a case-by-case basis.