The Dunedin City Council has endorsed a new development
contributions regime that will result in developers
contributing more to council coffers.
Councillors at yesterday's 2014-15 annual plan deliberations
voted in favour of the revised fees, subject to final
approval with the rest of the coming year's budget.
The revised policy, which has been under review since 2009,
would have a new proposed charge of up to $5300 per section.
That would be significantly higher than the existing $250
charge for most areas of Dunedin, but significantly lower
than the national average per-section charge of $14,000.
In parts of Mosgiel, where much of the city's development has
occurred and contributions have been at a higher level since
2008, the existing charge of about $10,300 per section would
increase by about $650.
Council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose said the revised
policy was expected to contribute between about $6.3 million
and $19.2 million to the council over 10 years.
That compared with about $4.2 million and $9.3 million under
the present policy.
The policy was approved yesterday with only minor changes in
response to submissions, and praised by Cr David Benson-Pope
as a ''positive policy''.
Cr Jinty MacTavish also welcomed the move, saying it had been
''a very long time coming'', while Cr Lee Vandervis said he
was disappointed with the results after years of delays, but
would accept it ''grudgingly''.