Local infrastructure contributions
Development Contributions (formerly known as S94/S94A)
Council is able to collect contributions for the provision of local infrastructure and facilities under section 7.11 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. This generally occurs through the development assessment process whereby Council can place conditions on certain types of development to require the levy of these contributions.
Contributions enables Councils to seek funds from developers towards the provision, extension or augmentation of public amenities and services. It is an essential service to ensure adequate provision of infrastructure to serve the needs of our growing population.
Councils Development Contribution Plan outlines the process for the collecting and expending local infrastructure contributions.
- Fixed Development Contribution Plan - Part 1 (administration and works schedule) (PDF 787KB)
- Fixed Development Contribution Plan - Part 2 (maps) (PDF 6563KB)
- Fixed Development Contribution Plan - Part 3 (maps) (PDF 8146KB)
- Development Contribution Plan - Part 1 (administration and works schedule) (PDF 1776KB)
- Development Contribution Plan - Part 2 (maps) (PDF 6682KB)
- Development Contribution Plan - Part 3 (maps) (PDF 8301KB)
- Development Contribution Plan - Part 4 (Annexures and amendments) (PDF 1314KB)
Repealed plans (not current)
On 26 September 2006 Council resolved to repeal the following plans:
The plans were repealed on 30 June 2007 in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
Voluntary Planning Agreements
Section 7.4 in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 states that a voluntary planning agreement (VPA) is an agreement entered into by an planning authority (such as Port Stephens Council) and a developer. Under the agreement a developer agrees to provide or fund:
- public amenities and public services;
- affordable housing; and
- transport or other infrastructure.
Contributions can be made through:
- dedication of land;
- monetary contributions;
- construction of infrastructure; and
- provision of materials for public benefit and/or use.
VPAs cannot be entered into unless public notice has been given and an explanatory note is made available for at least 28 days.
Voluntary Planning Agreement register
VPAs that are currently on exhibition, finalised, executed or concluded are available to view below.
103A Richardson Road, Raymond Terrace Planning Agreement (21 April 2016)
Council and Robert Edwin Blackie and Barbara Blackie
The agreement provides details on funding contributions towards the cost of the construction of Halloran Way, Raymond Terrace.
- 103A Richardson Road, Raymond Terrace Planning Agreement (PDF 770KB)
- Explanatory Note 103A Richardson Road, Raymond Terrace (PDF 89KB)
Medowie Planning Agreement (26 July 2010)
Council and Buildev Development (NSW) Pty Ltd – land at the intersection of Peppertree and Ferodale Road, Medowie.
The agreement provides details on funding contributions towards the cost of a traffic study and drainage study to progress the completion of an infrastructure plan to complement the Medowie Strategy adopted by Council on 24 March 2009. The planning agreement also dedicates part of the site to enable the widening of Peppertree Road.
Peppertree Road Planning Agreement (23 May 2014)
Council and BD NSW Project BD075 Pty Ltd - Land at Ferodale Road, Medowie
The agreement provides details on funding contributions towards the purpose Council constructing a public road between Peppertree Road and Medowie Road.
Fern Bay Seaside Village (18 March 2011)
Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water and Fern Bay Seaside Village Limited and Winten Fern Bay No.2 Pty Ltd – land at Seaside Boulevard – Fern Bay.
The agreement provides details on public purpose works to be completed by the developer including track, trail and car park construction, rehabilitation, weed and waste removal as well as monetary contributions towards implementing the Vegetation Management Plan over a 20 year period
The State Government also enters into VPAs within the Port Stephens Local Government Area.
These VPAs are available under the NSW Government Planning & Environment Major Projects Website.
Strategic Planning Team
Phone: (02) 4988 0240