The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 recognises the Hunter as the State’s leading regional economy. It acknowledges that infrastructure investment across the region will help to create new jobs, housing, and services such as new schools, roads, health and emergency services.
The NSW Government is making significant infrastructure investment in the Hunter, including infrastructure to support development activity such as new land releases, subdivisions and industrial facilities. Special infrastructure contributions are one way to equitably apportion and share the cost of new infrastructure costs arising from development activity.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has released the special infrastructure contribution discussion paper for consultation on the proposed approach to implementing the Hunter Region SIC. This is part of ongoing consultation to develop the draft Hunter Region SIC.
The application of the special infrastructure contribution, proposed contribution rates, and proposed list of infrastructure as outlined in the paper are still subject to change.
The Hunter Region SIC does not come into effect until the Minister for Planning makes a determination. Feedback on the proposed approach will inform the preparation of a draft determination, which will be released for comment following consultation.
The Hunter Region SIC provides funding towards the delivery of State and regional infrastructure required to support greenfield residential and industrial development across the Hunter Region, and responds to Action 26.6 of the Hunter Regional Plan. An overview is in the Hunter Region Special Infrastructure fact sheet (PDF, 201KB).
The Hunter Region SIC applies to the whole Hunter Region. This includes the following local government areas:
- Lake Macquarie
- Port Stephens
- Upper Hunter
The Hunter Region SIC is proposed to replace the current draft Determination for the Lower Hunter Special Infrastructure Contribution. It will reduce the reliance on voluntary planning agreements to negotiate provision of State and regional infrastructure in relation to development. The new regional SIC will apply to all future greenfield development and also existing greenfield development, where development currently contributes to State and regional infrastructure.
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