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Infrastructure charges reform - changes to the framework pass through Parliament

20 June 2014

The Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment 2014 (Qld) was passed by the Queensland Parliament on June 19 heralding a new approach to the way infrastructure charges are applied to commercial, industrial and residential developments.

The new legislation streamlines the local infrastructure processes contained in the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld) in a number of ways including:

  • Clarifying dispute resolution measures and infrastructure charges appeals
  • Allowing local governments to plan more effectively by providing concrete provisions in the application of offsets, credits and refunds.

The current maximum infrastructure charges will remain in place, but a new fair value schedule of charges and a Priority Development Infrastructure Co-investment Program for councils aims to encourage new developments and provide an additional funding stream for catalytic infrastructure.

For more information contact:

Anthony O'Dwyer | Partner
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0220
f +61 7 3224 0333
aodwyer@mullinslaw.com.au

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