Alongside the Long-term Plan, we are consulting on our draft Development Contributions Policy. This policy sets out how we share the costs of growth between the development sector and the general ratepayer.
It is important that council finds a fair and appropriate balance to the way the costs of growth are shared. In general, the policy determines how we charge development contributions so that a fair share of infrastructure costs (such as new or upgraded roads, water and wastewater pipes) are paid for by those undertaking development. They are set on a cost recovery basis, that means when the expected cost of infrastructure rises, so do development contribution charges.
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The key changes we’re proposing
These changes are designed to support continued growth, fairly share the costs of that growth, and provide for wider community wellbeing and resilience in Tauranga:
- Citywide development contributions will increase to $28,150 (incl. GST) per household compared to the current charge of $12,200 (incl. GST). This is to fund the Waiāri Water Supply Scheme to ensure a reliable and adequate water supply for our current and future population.
- Local development contributions for Wairakei sub catchment B will increase by 20.5% due to increased capital expenditure costs for a few specific capital projects remaining to be delivered in this area.
- Local development contribution for Pyes Pa West will increase by 10% due to increased capital expenditure costs for a few specific capital projects remaining to be delivered in this area.
- The policy includes an update to the rules contained in Section 2 which specify when a local development contribution fee will be charged based on the maximum yield rule. The changes are made to further clarify when the maximum yield rule is applied and reflects the same intent for how the rule was always designed.
- Council has included two new grant funds of $250,000 per year for 3 years within the Draft Long Term Plan. These grants are to support Papakāinga housing and developments by community housing providers by assisting with development contributions. Council is currently developing policies to guide allocation of these grant funds.
We’re proposing further minor changes, which are outlined in the draft policy below.
The new fees will apply to any building consents lodged on or after 1 August 2021 (unless there are any unexpected delays to the proposed adoption of the 2021/22 DCP).
Have your say
Council are currently preparing to adopt a new 2021/22 Development Contributions Policy.
Public consultation on the policy closed on 7 June 2021. A copy of the draft policy is available below alongside a summary of the key changes to the policy. Council are currently in the process of considering the feedback
If you have submitted on the policy you will be sent an email with updates regarding the process . If you have not submitted but would still like to be provided with updates then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask to be added to the Development contributions distribution list.
Statement of Proposal (4.1mb pdf)
Draft Development Contributions Policy 2021-2022
A full copy of 2021/22 Development Contributions Policy is available (but excludes structure plans which are available below).
2021/22 Development Contributions Policy - excluding structure plans (10mb pdf)
Copies of the individual sections of the Policy are set out below.
Fees, definitions and maps (1.1mb pdf)
Policy application (1.6mb pdf) (sets out when a development or financial contribution may be required)
Policy statement (1.5mb pdf)
Methodology (1.1mb pdf)
Infrastructure (1mb pdf)
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Last Reviewed: 17/06/2021