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Inside track: Local Government

20 April 2020

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Andrew Magoffin

Inside track: Local Government

Review of s7.11 local infrastructure plans

The Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment (Department) is looking to improve the review processes of s7.11 local infrastructure plans (Plans) as part of a suite of proposed changes to the infrastructure contributions system in NSW which include a:

In this article, we take a look at the proposed efficiency reforms to the review process for section 7.11 contributions plans under the Improving the review of local infrastructure contributions plans - discussion paper (Discussion Paper).

Currently, higher-rate local infrastructure contributions plans are independently reviewed to ensure that the rates under those plans are reasonable. The current process involves multiple steps undertaken by council, IPART, the Department and the Minister for Planning.

The Department has identified ways to improve the review process of local infrastructure contributions plans to make it more efficient, while maintaining its important function. Currently in preparing a contributions plan, all councils (whether or not they are required to go through the review process) must publicly exhibit a contributions plan for a minimum period of 28 days and must consider any submissions received.

The Department is looking to simplify the process for councils so that they would not have to undertake a review of their Plans as regularly. The Department is therefore looking for feedback on the proposed changes set out below.

Increase value thresholds per lot or dwelling

The first proposal in the Discussion Paper is to increase the value thresholds that trigger the review process. These thresholds do not represent a maximum cap on the s7.11 contributions. Rather they would act as thresholds that would trigger the review process.

There are three options proposed in this regard:

  • option 1 – index the existing $20,000 and $30,000 per lot or dwelling thresholds by the ABS Consumer Price Index - All Groups Sydney from June 2010 to the latest available quarter. This option is widely adopted by many councils, but does not fully reflect the actual increase in infrastructure delivery and land costs as it based upon increases in prices of general household expenditure
  • option 2 – increase the thresholds to $35,000 per lot or dwelling and $45,000 per lot or dwelling in greenfield (urban release areas). This is more in line with increasing infrastructure delivery costs and land costs associated with building local infrastructure since 2010. This option is also consistent with the levels of development contributions in transitional areas as prescribed in the EP&A (Local Infrastructure Contributions) Amendment Direction 2017 applicable on 30 June 2020. This will provide certainty and continuity for the development industry in these transitional areas
  • option 3 implement one single threshold of $45,000 for all IPART reviewed contributions plans. This would remove the existing split between greenfield (urban release areas) and all other areas with the additional benefit of removing the administrative requirements associated with including areas in the list of urban release areas in Schedule 2 of the EP&A (Local Infrastructure Contributions) Direction 2012 (initially issued in 2012, and amended by further 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2019 Ministerial Directions) (Ministerial Direction). It is suggested that a single threshold of $45,000 per lot or dwelling could be applied and any council that proposed to levy above this amount would first need to have their plan reviewed by IPART. This option would remove Schedule 2 of the Ministerial Direction and the Ministerial Direction would be updated to clarify that one single threshold applies across NSW.

Index the value thresholds per CPI

The second proposal in the Discussion Paper is to implement an indexation mechanism for thresholds triggering the review process based upon the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Regulation) already allows councils to make annual or quarterly amendments to existing s7.11 contributions plans to reflect variations to index figures adopted by the plan.

The EP&A Regulation includes the CPI as a common index for this purpose. Since the CPI is a well-understood and widely used index, the Department proposes to implement an annual adjustment of the thresholds, using the CPI published figures for the March quarter. A similar methodology is already used to reflect annual variations to Special Infrastructure Contributions. A common methodology provides consistency within the system and simplicity to ensure the adjustment is well-understood.

The proposed increase in the thresholds will mean that contributions plans below the threshold will not be required to go through the review process and will not be limited to the essential works list. They will, however, still need to reflect reasonable costs of providing necessary local infrastructure to support development, be exhibited and be in line with statutory requirements and practice notes.

Feedback can be provided on the Discussion Paper until 12 June 2020.

If you have any questions about how these changes may impact your current Plans, please contact us for discussion.

Authors: Breellen Warry & Blake Dyer

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Manor Central Nominees Pty Ltd & Anor v Wyndham City Council [2020] VSC 151
Waiver of client legal privilege – whether party acted in a way that is inconsistent with its objection to disclosure pursuant to s 122 of the Evidence Act 2008 (Vic).
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Sheen v Mornington Peninsula SC [2020] VCAT 436
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Koletas v Mornington Peninsula SC [2019] VCAT 498
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Eryurek v Mornington Peninsula SC [2019] VCAT 485
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Filipovski v Melton CC [2019] VCAT 484
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Miller v Yarra CC [2019] VCAT 2019
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Rodrigues v Frankston CC [2019] VCAT 489
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Smartex Pty Ltd v Moreland CC [2019] VCAT 487
Section 77 of the Planning & Environment Act 1987; Moreland Planning Scheme; Medium density housing - Neighbourhood character (NRZ1, Clause 22.01). No permit

Fogliaro v Mornington Peninsula SC [2019] VCAT 475
Section 77 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, side-by-side development, neighbourhood character - Construction of two, two storey dwellings in the General Residential Zone – Schedule 1

Cook v Mornington Peninsula SC [2019] VCAT 460
Section 114 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987; Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme; Alleged Breach of Permit Condition Relating to Window Screening Treatment; Enforcement Order Made

Stankovic v Moreland CC [2019] VCAT 458
Section 77 Planning and Environment Act 1987, Moreland Planning Scheme; General Residential Zone Schedule 1; Building scale in the rear yard; Neighbourhood Character; Car Parking.

Manderson v Yarra CC [2019] VCAT 455
Section 82 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Yarra Planning Scheme. Child care centre. Hours of operation. Traffic and pedestrian safety

Visic v Monash CC [2019] VCAT 470
Section 80 of the Planning & Environment Act 1987; Monash Planning Scheme; Two dwellings: Off-site amenity impacts (visual bulk); GRZ7; Cls. 22.01, 22.14 & 55

Vancea v Boroondara CC [2019] VCAT 469
Section 77 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987; Boroondara Planning Scheme; Neighbourhood Residential Zone; two double storey attached dwellings on a corner lot of 495 sq m; design response to design policy and context of site. No permit 

Razeek v Wyndham CC [2019] VCAT 466
Section 82 Planning and Environment Act 1987 – General Residential Zone Schedule 1 – Special Building Overlay - Medical Centre – traffic impact on surrounding residential area

Cox v Hobsons Bay CC [2019] VCAT 463
Section 80 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987; Hobsons Bay Planning Scheme, General Residential Zone; permits issued for three double storey attached dwellings; multiple conditions contested; whether these conditions are justified.

Total Outdoor Media Pty Ltd v Campaspe SC [2019] VCAT 459
Section 77 Planning and Environment Act 1987; Campaspe Planning Scheme; Commercial 2 Zone, Design and Development Overlay- Schedule 3; Floodlit Major Promotion Sign; Campaspe Entrances Strategy. No permit

Young v Surf Coast SC [2019] VCAT 457\NO. 15/0309
Section 81(1) Planning and Environment Act 1987 – extension of time for commencement of permit- Surf Coast Planning Scheme – subdivision of three lots by realigning boundaries resulting in three lots – introduction of Environmental Significance Overlay since permit first granted.

Ellinger v Greater Geelong CC [2019] VCAT 418
Application under s.82 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987; Telecommunications Facility; Farming Zone; Visual and amenity impacts; Proximity to and effects on Ramsar wetlands; Impacts upon future use and development of surrounding land.

Longevity Group Australia Ltd v Banyule CC [2019] VCAT 395
Section 79 Planning and Environment Act 1987; Banyule Planning Scheme; General Residential Zone; Vegetation Protection Overlay; Dwellings; Repeat appeal; Neighbourhood character; Amenity; Landscape

Rodrigues v Maribyrnong CC [2019] VCAT 412
Section 77 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987; Maribyrnong Planning Scheme; Activity Centre Zone; Dwellings; Neighbourhood character; Amenity; Flooding. No permit

Pringle v Boroondara CC [2019] VCAT 464
Application under Section 77 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act) to review a decision to refuse a permit. Construct a vehicle cross over and associated landscaping, partial demolition of a fence and construction of a fence in a Heritage Overlay

Lombardi v Monash CC [2019] VCAT 456
Monash Planning Scheme; General Residential Zone; three-storey apartment building; main road location; preferred neighbourhood character; amenity; car parking.

Dromana Beach Pty Ltd v Mornington Peninsula SC [2019] VCAT 453
Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme; repeat appeal principles; neighbourhood character outcomes from a three storey apartment building; development in a foreshore environment; impact on views in a coastal location; Environmental Significance Overlay 25. 

Peixoto v Surf Coast SC [2019] VCAT 451
Surf Coast Planning Scheme; Special Use Zone Schedule 5 – Tourist Uses; mixed use building with Shop and Food and Drink Premises at ground level and two levels of apartments above; preferred neighbourhood character; internal and external amenity impacts; car parking; construction of rear lane

2 Wattle JV Pty Ltd v Glen Eira CC [2019] VCAT 396
Section 77 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Glen Eira planning scheme, Housing Diversity Area, Three storey building, Overshadowing of public space, Visual bulk, Neighbourhood Character.


Reihana v Beenleigh Show Society & Ors [2020] QSC 55
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS – QUEENSLAND CIVIL AND ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL – where the applicant seeks judicial review of a decision of an adjudicator of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal – where the applicant failed to attend a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Appeal Hearing – where the adjudicator refused the applicant’s application for an adjournment and application for leave to appeal in the applicant’s absence – where the application to review the adjudicator’s decision was out of time - where the applicant seeks an extension of time to review the decisions of the adjudicator – where the applicant was afforded the opportunity to present an argument at the hearing and was not denied procedural fairness – where the applicant alleges the adjudicator’s decision breached natural justice – where the applicant alleges the adjudicator’s decision was infected with bias - where s 156 of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 (Qld) precludes the application of the Judicial Review Act 1991 (Qld) to decisions of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal unless there is jurisdictional error
Logan City Council compulsorily acquired the caravan parkland and in September 2012, all residents were requested to move. The applicant refused.



Subordinate legislation as made – 02 April 2020
No 44 Disaster Management (Local Disaster Management Group Interim Chairperson) Amendment Regulation 2020
No 45 Economic Development (Woolloongabba Cross River Rail PDA) Amendment Regulation 2020
Amendment of sch 1 (Priority development areas); Amendment of sch 2 (Expiry of interim land use plans)

Subordinate legislation as made – reminder
No 228 Proclamation—Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (commencing remaining provisions)
This Proclamation fixes the following dates for the commencement of a number of remaining provisions: 30 March 2020. To improve transparency and public accountability of local government elections in line with State and Commonwealth electoral and governance frameworks 

The information in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, we do not guarantee that the information in this newsletter is accurate at the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future.

Published by:

Andrew Magoffin

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