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Developers to chip in for growth-related infrastructure

Developers in the Hauraki District will chip in for growth-related infrastructure from 1 July.

After scrapping development contributions in 2015, the Council decided at its meeting yesterday to bring them back. Development contributions help to pay for growth-related infrastructure like a larger water reservoir to supply water to a development.

Ratepayers shouldn't foot the whole bill

Mayor Toby Adams said contrary to earlier predictions of population decline, the District has had a lot of growth over the past five years and development contributions are now appropriate.

“It’s great to see more growth in the district, but it means we need more infrastructure, such as roads and sewer pipes, and we don’t think our ratepayers should have to foot the whole bill for this,” he said.

“If we have a development contributions policy in place the people who are doing the developing, such as subdividing land, and cause the need for more infrastructure will contribute towards the cost of it.”

Community feedback supportive overall

Overall, feedback from the community has been in support of Council’s proposal, which includes the opportunity for those involved in not-for-profit developments, or projects that provide a significant benefit to the community, to ask for a grant to help cover the cost of any development contributions.

“We’ll be open to discussion about contributions on projects that provide an additional benefit to the community in an area Council is focusing on. For example, affordable housing is something that’s a priority for us at the moment,” the Mayor said.

“Requests for grants will be looked at on a case by case basis, with each considered on its merit.”

View the full policy

The full policy is available to view on our policies page and will come into effect on 1 July 2020.

Development Contributions