Developers paying for rezoning – per block…

It seems that money hungry councils are popping up all over Australia, finding new and exciting ways to line their coffers.

AdelaideNow… $15,000 bill for land buyers:

MT BARKER Council will force housing developers to pay up to $15,000 a block to rezone land, with the cost passed on to buyers already facing an affordability crisis. In a first for South Australia, the fee would pay for capital works and services across the council area. Developers now pay for infrastructure including roads, stormwater and sewage pipes only on the estates they develop. The council said it may not rezone any more land for housing if developers refused to pay.

Does the idea of paying a per lot rezoning fee sound a little rich? It sounds like it’s happened elsewhere in Australia, what’s the story in other countries?

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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