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The Government is committing to investing $369 million over the next three years to continue to support costs in high growth areas for essential local infrastructure like streets, parks and land for community facilities.

 

The money will be applied to areas where LIGS funding is currently in place, LIGS transition areas where councils have recently applied for LIGS funding, as well as other zoned precincts in the North West and South West Priority Land Release Areas.

 

This investment in local infrastructure will support new housing supply and can provide confidence on the funding for essential local infrastructure over the coming years.

 

Changes to the Local Infrastructure Growth Scheme

The NSW Government recently announced a $4 billion Housing Affordability Strategy, a comprehensive package of measures designed to improve housing affordability across NSW, with an emphasis on Greater Sydney where the housing affordability challenge is the greatest.

 

As part of the package the Government is allocating $369 million over the next three years to the LIGS program to benefit infrastructure that helps unlock housing in the following areas:

  • Precincts in Blacktown and The Hills local government areas where LIGS funding is currently in place
  • Precincts at West Dapto in Wollongong, Rockdale in Bayside, and Marsden Park in Blacktown where contributions plans have been or are currently being reviewed by IPART for LIGS funding and
  • Rezoned land in the Growth Centres where a contributions plan has not yet been lodged.

 

The cap on contributions will increase by $5,000 on 1 January 2018 to $35,000 in greenfield areas and $5,000 to $25,000 in infill areas, and from 1 July 2018, apply an annual $5,000 increase to the caps each year for two years. The caps will be removed entirely in these areas on 1 July 2020.

 

Other areas will no longer be able to apply for LIGS subsidies. Instead, contributions plans which propose rates above the cap will be able to seek assessment by IPART against the Department's Essential Works List, after which development will be able to charge the full apportioned amount.

 

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Contribution Plans affected by the Direction

The following contributions plans are specified contributions plans for the purposes of clause 6A of the Environmental planning and Assessment (Local Infrastructure Contributions) Direction 2012 as amended (Direction) to indicate the land to which that clause applies.

 

The relevant council should be contacted for the most up–to–date contributions plan.

 

LGA Precinct Contributions Plan
Blacktown Council Riverstone & Alex Avenue Section 94 Contributions Plan No. 20 - Riverstone & Alex Avenue Precincts
Blacktown Council Schofields Section 94 Contributions Plan No. 24 - Schofields 
Blacktown Council Area 20 Section 94 Contributions Plan No. 22 - Area 20 Precinct
Blacktown Council Marsden Park & Marsden Park Industrial Section 94 Contributions Plan No. 21 - Marsden Park
The Hills Shire Council North Kellyville Contributions Plan No. 13 - North Kellyville Precinct
The Hills Shire Council Box Hill Precinct & Box Hill Industrial The Hills Section 94 Contributions Plan No. 15 - Box Hill Precinct
The Hills Shire Council Balmoral Road Release Area Contributions Plan No. 12 - Balmoral Road Release Area
The Hills Shire Council Box Hill North Section 94 Contributions Plan No. 16 - Box Hill North Precinct
Wollongong City Council West Dapto West Dapto Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2017

 

‘IPART reviewed contributions plans’ and the Minister’s advice to Councils

Clause 5(3) of the Direction defines the requirements for an ‘IPART reviewed contributions plan’ for the purposes of the Direction.

 

Clause 5(3)(d) requires that the Department of Planning and Environment publish the Minister’s advice to Council regarding the amendments required to contribution plans reviewed by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

 

This notification requirement commenced in July 2017 and applies only to plans identified in the table below.

 

LGA Precinct Contributions plan Minister's advice
Bayside Council Rockdale Urban Renewal Area Rockdale Contributions Plan 2016 - Urban Renewal Area Advice to Council dated 22 January 2019
Blacktown Council Riverstone & Alex Avenue Section 94 Contributions Plan No. 20 - Riverstone and Alex Avenue Precincts Advice to Council dated 22 January 2019
Blacktown Council Marsden Park & Marsden Park Industrial Section 94 Contributions Plan No. 21 - Marsden Park Advice to Council dated 22 January 2019
Camden Council Camden Growth Areas Camden Growth Areas Contributions Plan Advice to Council dated 22 January 2019

 

More information

For further information on Local Development Contributions please contact Service NSW on 13 77 18.

Page last updated: 30/05/2019