GREATER Bendigo councillors have adopted a plan that will impose levies on new Maiden Gully developments.
The reworked Maiden Gully Precinct Plan was debated at the council meeting on Wednesday night.
The plan proposed a Development Contributions Plan levy of $243,000 per hectare for developers. The levy would generate $88.81 million by the time the development areas are built out.
The report also noted a Community Infrastructure Levy of $1210 per dwelling would be utilised.
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The CIL would be imposed on home owners or builders, and would be collected at the building permit stage. That levy was expected to generate an income of $5 million.
The report noted the total value of the DCP projects was expected to be $89.54 million.
The levies would be used to fully fund the development of new roads, intersections, footpaths, drainage, and community facilities.
Cr Rod Fyffe said councillors have received a number of calls from members of the community who were concerned about the new levies.
But Cr Fyffe said the City of Greater Bendigo was "playing catch up" because most other regional councils already had such levies in place.
"They are a way of collecting finances to ensure that facilities and infrastructure can be provided for the community at the time that it's necessary," he said.
"It would appear that it's all being paid for by the developers and the people who buy, but it's not. There is a fair swag of money from council to make sure these things do come on board."
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Cr Fyffe said the plan was a "great step forward for the community".
"It gives them some certainty as to when things will be provided and where they will be provided," he said.
But Cr Andrea Metcalf said she would not support the plan. She said there needed to be further community consultation about the Community Infrastructure Levy.
"I am aware that other councils use the CIL," she said. "If this recommendation is adopted, it will be the first of others that will be introduced in the City of Greater Bendigo when there is a new development, as other councils have done.
"This is a great opportunity to do some deliberative engagement with the community on how community infrastructure is funded going forward.
"An opportunity to involve the community at the start of this conversation is about to be missed."
Despite Cr Metcalf's concerns, seven councillors voted in favour of the reworked Maiden Gully Precinct Plan.
Cr Metcalf and Cr George Flack were the only councillors who voted against the plan.
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