Higher developers' charges endorsed

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''.

- chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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