7.12 Contributions Plan

We're seeking feedback on the draft Section 7.12 Contributions Plan - Citywide 2019 (Plan), which applies to development that is considered non-residential.

The draft Plan allows a levy to be imposed when a development consent or complying development certificate is issued. The levy collected will go towards public amenities and services listed in the draft Plan, which must be approved by Council.

After reviewing the draft Plan, you can provide comment by completing the quick poll on the right of your screen, by completing the below survey or by uploading a submission below.

The draft Plan will be on exhibition until 12 May 2019. Following the exhibition of the draft Plan, a report of the exhibition and final contributions Plan is scheduled for Council’s consideration in June 2019. If Council endorses the section 7.12 Contributions Plan, it is proposed to come into effect in June 2019.



We're seeking feedback on the draft Section 7.12 Contributions Plan - Citywide 2019 (Plan), which applies to development that is considered non-residential.

The draft Plan allows a levy to be imposed when a development consent or complying development certificate is issued. The levy collected will go towards public amenities and services listed in the draft Plan, which must be approved by Council.

After reviewing the draft Plan, you can provide comment by completing the quick poll on the right of your screen, by completing the below survey or by uploading a submission below.

The draft Plan will be on exhibition until 12 May 2019. Following the exhibition of the draft Plan, a report of the exhibition and final contributions Plan is scheduled for Council’s consideration in June 2019. If Council endorses the section 7.12 Contributions Plan, it is proposed to come into effect in June 2019.



  • Draft plan outlines consistent development contributions for Lake Mac businesses

    11 days ago
    Section 712

    Commercial and business development in Lake Macquarie will be levied differently under a draft Council contributions plan.

    The draft plan proposes that non-residential development be levied for new public amenities and services based on the value of their development.

    Head of Development and Planning Justin Day said most funds collected from the levy would be allocated for public amenities and services.

    “Under the current system, development is levied based on a calculation of ‘peak vehicle trips’ generated,” Mr Day said.

    “This can create anomalies where relatively small businesses that generate high volumes of traffic are levied disproportionately, compared to the...

    Commercial and business development in Lake Macquarie will be levied differently under a draft Council contributions plan.

    The draft plan proposes that non-residential development be levied for new public amenities and services based on the value of their development.

    Head of Development and Planning Justin Day said most funds collected from the levy would be allocated for public amenities and services.

    “Under the current system, development is levied based on a calculation of ‘peak vehicle trips’ generated,” Mr Day said.

    “This can create anomalies where relatively small businesses that generate high volumes of traffic are levied disproportionately, compared to the value of their investment.

    “And, due to the structure of the contribution plan, in some cases development is not levied at all.”

    The new system, known as the s.7.12 Contributions Plan, features a much simpler, flat fee structure based on the value of development.

    Business and commercial developments under $100,000 will be exempt from paying developer contributions, while those worth $100,000-$200,000 will pay only 0.5 per cent of the total development value.

    Development over $200,000 will contribute one per cent of the total development value.

    “Overall, the number of commercial and business developers levied will increase, but the amount each contributes will generally be significantly lower,” Mr Day said.

    “Adopting s.7.12 also aligns Lake Macquarie with other Hunter councils already using this approach to levying employment-generating development.”

    The draft plan will be on public exhibition at shape.lakemac.com.au/712-contributions from 13 April-12 May.