Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, is encouraging everyone to have their say on a proposed scheme that could see up to $330 million injected into supporting new housing across the Hunter region over the next 20 years.
The Hunter Region Special Infrastructure Contributions aim to ensure new homes can access essential infrastructure such as roads, schools, and facilities for health and emergency services. Contributions will provide part funding for State and regional infrastructure in greenfield areas.
The special infrastructure contributions are to be paid by developers.
“The NSW Government is firmly focused on sustainable growth and making housing more affordable as the Hunter population grows,” Mr MacDonald said.
“But we want to make sure that new communities are supported by essential infrastructure when people move in. This means ensuring new developments make a fair financial contribution to the cost of infrastructure.
“Any money raised from these contributions must be funneled back into the community where new development is occurring to benefit new and existing residents.
“I encourage the community to have their say on the draft SIC proposal while it’s on public exhibition,” he added.
The proposed Hunter Region SIC will also reduce the need for the Minister to enter into planning agreements for State infrastructure, saving up to a year in processing time, increasing certainty and transparency for industry and benefiting the community by delivering infrastructure where and when it is needed.
The SIC is planned to apply to residential and industrial development in greenfield areas in the local government areas of Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid-coast, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter.
Sunday 28 February is the deadline to have your say on the Hunter Region SIC as well as the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036.