Section 94 is a monetary contribution levied on developers at the development application stage to help pay for additional community facilities and/or infrastructure such as provision of libraries; community facilities; open space; roads; drainage and the provision of car parking in commercial areas.
The rationale for the contribution is based on the increased demand that new developments place on existing facilities and provides for expansion of facilities to cater for the demand. The contribution is determined based on a formula which is contained in Council's Section 94 Contributions Plan, which also identifies the basis for levying the contributions and the works to be undertaken with the funds raised. Council as part of any Development Application conditions of consent will advise if a contribution is payable. Any contribution is due to be paid prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate. The actual amount to be paid is the amount applicable at the time of payment. The amounts are included in Council's annual Fees and Charges.
The Section 94 Contributions Plan Works Schedule lists the infrastructure and land acquisition on which the contributions collected will be spent. Council at its meeting of 16 September 2013 adopted an updated works schedule, and this took effect on 9 October 2013. The contributions rate has not been altered however. Please note: This Works Schedule of 9 October 2013 replaces the works listed in the Section 94 Plan full document.