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Are you taking advantage of all the development incentives on offer?

By September 14, 2019Infrastructure charges
Development Incentives Available - Richard Moffat Public Art for Gold Coast.

Earlier this week, Brisbane City Council announced that they would be extending their incentives for qualifying retirement and aged care developments until 31 December 2020.  We commend this and know that it will be welcomed by our partners in retirement and aged care.

To ensure our clients are maximising their commercial opportunities, we have collated the different incentives currently on offer for new developments across South East Queensland.

The information below is a high-level summary. For additional guidance in relation to these incentive packages, please get in touch with us.

Brisbane City Council

Brisbane City Council are currently offering a 33% reduction on Council infrastructure charges for qualifying retirement and aged care accommodation approved between 1 September 2016 and 31 December 2020.  To be eligible:

  • the development must be designed and constructed to a “gold standard” of living
  • building work must have substantially commenced by 31 December 2021; and
  • prior to the development commencing, an infrastructure agreement must be entered into with Council.

 

Brisbane City Council also provide eligible community organisations with a 75% reduction on Council infrastructure charges for an approval granted between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2020 up to a maximum of:

  • $40,000 for development approvals given between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2016; and
  • $45,000 for development approvals given between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2020.

 

Gold Coast City Council

While Gold Coast City Council does not offer financial incentives, the Gold Coast City Planoffers residential density bonuses, where a development provides various different community benefits over and above the minimum requirements prescribed by the Planning Scheme (i.e. if a development incorporates public art in a publicly accessible area that can be fully enjoyed from the surrounding public realm, the developer is entitled to a certain percentage bonus which enables them to exceed the prescribed density requirements).  Details of what constitutes a community benefit and the bonuses available, can be found on Council’s website.

 

Moreton Bay Regional Council

Moreton Bay Regional Council have shown their commitment to encouraging development by extending their “incentivising infill development program” until December 2021.  Under this program, Council have agreed to refund all application fees paid and waive all Council infrastructure charges payable where the development is designed and finished to a very high standard and is for one of the following uses:

  • multiple dwelling (apartment form, minimum 20 units, at least 3 storeys in height)
  • rooming accommodation (student accommodation; minimum 20 beds; must contain a minimum 30m2communal recreation area and include an active onsite bona fide management)
  • mixed use development (must include a combination of residential and non-residential uses)
  • short term accommodation
  • retirement facility
  • residential care facility; or
  • office (containing a minimum of 2,000m2GFA)

and is located in one of the following areas:

 

Logan City Council

In an effort to revitalise existing buildings, minimise vacancy rates, increase employment and promote economic activity, Logan City Council are currently waiving infrastructure charges up to  $50,000 for non-residential development where:

  • the new approved development is proposed within an existing lawful building
  • the new approved development does not involve any additional GFA
  • the property is located in either the Centre zone, Mixed use zone, Low impact industry zone, Medium impact industry zone or Specialised centre zone
  • all previous infrastructure charges have been paid in full; and
  • a lawful land use has been established within the existing building or the relevant part of the existing building that is the subject of the development approval.

 

Logan City Council also offers to defer the payment of infrastructure charges for up to 12 months for various types of development including:

  • 3.5 – 5-star hotels
  • All new mixed use development in the Beenleigh or Springwood Economic Development Zones (up to $1,000,000) provided it incorporates at least 1 shop or food and drink outlet on the ground floor and either:
  1. An office with a minimum GFA of 1,000m2; or
  2. An office with a minimum GFA of 500m2and a minimum of 10 multiple dwellings.
  • A theatre in the Beenleigh Economic Development Zone (up to $1,000,000).

 

Ipswich City Council

Similar to Logan, Ipswich City Council offers incentives to encourage the development of new 4 to 5-star hotels and the reuse of existing non-residential buildings.  Specifically, they:

  1. the use does not result in any additional GFA; and
  2. the use does not impose significant additional demand on the existing network; and
  • offer a 100% relief from unmet parking requirements under the Planning Scheme, where a new use is proposed within an existing non-residential building and it is not practically achievable to provide the car parking onsite.The parking rates in the Planning Scheme do however apply to any additional GFA.

 

In addition to the above, Ipswich City Council also offer a 50% reduction on all Council planning, operational works and signage application fees where a proposal involves:

  • olive growing; or
  • establishing or expanding a local wine making industry and associated business activities (i.e. temporary accommodation, retail outlets, tourist facilities, other agri-business activities).

 

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Sunshine Coast Regional Council currently offer a 25% rebate on the Council application fees paid if works starts within 2 years of the date of approval and the development is for one of the following uses:

  • Health care services: residential care facility (high care)
  • Tourism: nature based, short-term accommodation (5-star or better facility), art and craft centre shop in a rural zone, tourist attraction in a rural zone
  • Rural: agriculture, environment facility, roadside stall, winery.

 

Sunshine Coast Regional Council also offers a 50% reduction in levied Council infrastructure charges for developments located within the identified Infill Incentive Areas at Nambour and Caloundra where:

  • they involve new building construction that will at least double the GFA of the premises (i.e. development that consists mostly of re-purposing an existing building will not be entitled to an incentive)
  • construction is substantially commenced by 30 December 2022; and
  • an application for the incentive is made in writing or by email and received by Council between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2022.

 

Image: Richard Moffat, Edit: Rhiannon Smit

Mia Hickey

Author Mia Hickey

Mia is the Director and Principal Town Planner at Hickey Oatley Planning & Development. Mia is a passionate and driven professional, who has experience leading a wide variety of planning and development projects, establishing a key expertise in the facilitation of major development projects from inception through to delivery. With her many years’ experience, Mia has developed an in-depth knowledge of the Planning Act and the commercial realities which underpin a successful project. Mia maintains a focus to continuing professional development and is currently a participant in the Property Council of Australia’s 500 Women in Property initiative.

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