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Development Incentives Guideline

Council is committed to achieving a sustainable and growing economy by encouraging new development. It recognises however, that the cost of undertaking development in the Shire must be regionally competitive if that investment is to be secured.

To encourage new development in the Shire, Council will consider waiving development application fees and infrastructure charges for development that uses capacity within existing trunk infrastructure networks. The Development Incentives Guideline (link below) provides direction as to the circumstances when Council may do so.

Development IncentiveS Guideline

To be eligible for a waiver of infrastructure charges, a development must comply with all of the following criteria:

  • The development must not require the provision of extra trunk infrastructure at Council’s cost;
  • The development must be development to which infrastructure charges apply pursuant to Council’s infrastructure charges resolution;
  • The development must not be development which is included in the ineligible development list included in section 4.3 of the Development Incentives Guideline; and
  • The development must be completed or substantially commenced within 12 months of the receipt of a development permit.

An application for a waiver of application fees or infrastructure charges must be made to Council in writing at the same time as the development application, but not after an application fee or infrastructure charge has already been paid, and:

  • Demonstrate compliance with the eligibility criteria;
  • Demonstrate an economic benefit to the Shire in terms of sustained jobs, housing, or construction impact; and
  • Identify the applicant/proponent consultant team and provide appropriate plans of development.

To view eligibility criteria, as well as a list of development which is preferred development to be assessed on application for the waiver or part waiver of infrastructure charges, click on the above Development Incentives Guideline link or contact Council's Planning and Development Team on 4776 4600 for any further information or clarification.