Draft Bankstown Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan Overview

The draft plan will apply to the former Bankstown Local Government Area and proposes to replace the existing Bankstown Section 94A Contributions Plan. The intended outcome is to align Council’s approach to collecting local infrastructure contributions. The draft plan commits to new local infrastructure works ($297 million) over the next 10 years. The key changes are:

  • Apply Section 7.11 Contributions (formerly known as Section 94 contributions) to residential development:

    Infrastructure item Per resident* Per secondary dwelling Per self-contained seniors housing dwelling Per 0 or 1 bed dwelling or boarding house rooms Per 2 bed dwelling Per 3 or more bed dwelling
    Open space and recreation facilities $3,757 $2,630 $5,260 $5,260 $9,017 $12,570
    Roads and traffic facilities $721 $505 $1,009 $1,009 $1,730 $2,427
    Community facilities $445 $311 $623 $623 $1,068 $1,488
    Public domain facilities $997 $698 $1,396 $1,396 $2,393 $3,336
    Plan administration and management $53 $37 $75 $75 $128 $179
    Total $5,974 $4,181 $8,363 $8,363
    $14,336 $20,000
  • Apply Section 7.12 Levies to all other development where Section 7.11 Contributions do not apply. The following rates are set by legislation:

    Development type Levy rate
    Development that has a proposed cost of carrying out the development:
    Up to and including $100,000 Nil
    More than $100,00 and up to including $200,000 0.5% of that cost
    More than $200,000 1% of that cost
  • Amend the exemption criteria to include the redevelopment of dwelling houses where the gross floor area does not exceed 10% of the existing gross floor area;
  • Apply new contribution credit criteria to restrict the issue of multiple contribution credits where a dwelling house sits on a number of allotments; and
  • Introduce a refund policy where a refund may be granted if the development consents and complying development certificates are surrendered.

     To view the draft document, download a copy here.

Draft amendments to Canterbury Development Contributions Plan 2013 Overview

The Canterbury Development Contributions Plan 2013 applies to the former Canterbury Local Government Area. The intended outcome is to align Council’s approach to collecting local infrastructure contributions. The key changes are:

  • Amend the exemption criteria to include the redevelopment of dwelling houses where the gross floor area does not exceed 10% of the existing gross floor area;
  • Apply new contribution credit criteria to restrict the issue of multiple contribution credits where a dwelling house sits on a number of allotments;
  • Introduce a refund policy where a refund may be granted if the development consents and complying development certificates are surrendered; and
  • Amend the work schedule to allow contributions officers to manage both the Bankstown and Canterbury Contributions Plans under Plan Administration.

     To view the draft document, download a copy here.

Draft Amendments to the Planning Agreements Policy Overview

The intended outcome is to refine the process in negotiating planning agreements. The key changes are:

  • Rename the policy in response to legislative changes;
  • Index the car parking rate;
  • Allow Council to source its own valuation for public benefits;
  • Amend the written notice timeframe for the completion and delivery of works;
  • Amend the timeframe for the delivery of the works–as–executed plan;
  • Require land owners to be a party to a planning agreement when public benefits are involved (including easements and rights–of–way);
  • Provide stronger enforcement for the registration of planning agreements on titles;
  • Require the developer to prepare a planning agreement;
  • Make cost recovery requirements more comprehensive and enforceable;
  • Require an annual review timeframe;
  • Ensure public benefits are valued by a quantity surveyor;
  • Require works–in–kind requests to be dealt with through the planning agreements process; and
  • Include refund provisions.

     To view the draft document, download a copy here.

Where else can I go to view the exhibited documents?

You can view the draft documents online here or at the following locations:

  • Bankstown Customer Service Centre, 66–72 Rickard Road, Bankstown (8:30am to 5pm, public holidays excepted)

  • Campsie Customer Service Centre, 137 Beamish Street, Campsie (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, public holidays excepted)


What are Section 7.11 Contributions and Section 7.12 Levies?

The Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 allows the following approaches to collect local infrastructure contributions:

  • Section 7.11 Contributions are based on population projections and require residents to contribute to local infrastructure needs in an area.

  • Section 7.12 Levies are based on fixed percentages applied to the estimated cost of works.

What is a planning agreement?

In addition to Section 7.11 Contributions and Section 7.12 Levies, clause 7.4 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 allows Council to negotiate a planning agreement to provide local infrastructure. A planning agreement is a legal document between Council and a developer to provide land, monetary contribution or other material public benefit to be used towards a public purpose.

What is the background to the proposed changes?

The following Council reports contain background information about the proposed changes.