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Developer charges

MidCoast Water levies developer charges in accordance with section 64 of the Local Government Act 1993 and sections 305 to 307 of the Water Management Act 2000.

Developer charges are designed to recover part of the infrastructure costs incurred in servicing new development or additions and changes to existing development.

Developer charges are applied to any development which creates new or increased demands upon water supply and sewerage services, including subdivisions, new dwelling or housing projects, commercial, industrial or tourisms facilities.

Our current developer charges are levied in accordance with NSW Government’s Developer Charge Guidelines for Water Supply, Sewerage and Stormwater 2002. The 2016 Developer Charge Guidelines for Water Supply, Sewerage and Stormwater were published in June 2016 and our developer charges are currently being reviewed in with these new guidelines. 

NSW local water utilities, such as MidCoast Water, are required to prepare a Development Servicing Plan and to levy developer charges in accordance with these guidelines. A Development Servicing Plan documents all the relevant information used to calculate its developer charges per lot. The Guidelines define the elements of best practice developer charges and provide guidance on the development, analysis and implementation of appropriate developer charges to ensure that new development meets a fair share of the cost of service provision.

Developer charges are calculated based upon information provided by a developer in their Development Application, and satisfactory arrangements are required to be made for payment prior to the provision of a Certificate of Compliance for a development.

At this stage, MidCoast Water is still continuing on a ‘full cost recovery’ path for the provision of services to developers. Any change to this position, such as the potential for subsidising development costs will be considered after the current review of the development servicing plans is completed.

When this review is complete MidCoast Water will undertake community consultation on the potential effects any developer subsidies would have on water and sewerage prices.

MidCoast Water works closely with businesses to assist them to reduce operating costs by implementing best practice water saving techniques such as rainwater harvesting and water recycling and has supported businesses in this regard by subsidising the implementation costs.