Tuesday, April 16, 2024

New development contributions policy for Christchurch

A new development contributions policy will ensure that Christchurch City Council fairly recovers some of the costs of providing infrastructure for new residential and commercial developments, according to Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

“New developments often place additional demands on Council facilities, services and infrastructure. Rather than expecting ratepayers to bear the full costs of catering for that extra demand, we use development contributions as a way of recouping some of the costs directly from the developers,’’ said Mayor Dalziel.

She said that over the past 15 years, Council had invested on average around $50 million a year on infrastructure to service new growth development.  

“The revenue received from development contributions repays this over time, with about $43 million recovered in the 2020/21 financial year.”

Mayor Dalziel said the new Development Contributions Policy approved by Council included some significant changes from the current policy, which was adopted in 2016.

For example, it introduces sub-district catchments to allocate infrastructure costs and development contribution charges for water supply, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment and disposal, public transport infrastructure and active travel infrastructure.

“The area where property developers will notice the biggest difference is in the CBD, where will there will be a reduction in the development contributions they are charged. This reflects the fact that much of the development occurring in the CBD is utilising already existing infrastructure,’’ the Mayor said.

The new policy also introduces development contribution charges for community infrastructure, such as swimming pools, libraries and cemeteries, for both new residential and business developments.

“We consulted the public about these changes earlier in the year and overall submitters were generally supportive and viewed development contributions as a fair way to fund growth infrastructure,” she said.

The new development contributions policy will come into effect from 1 August 2021.

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