Development Contributions Policy

Find out what Development Contributions are and how they apply to you.

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What are Development Contributions?

A development contribution is a charge levied on new developments e.g. subdivision and buildings. They are used to ensure that those who create additional demand on Council’s infrastructure contribute to the extra cost that they impose on the community rather than the general ratepayers.

These contributions are related to the provision of the following Council services:

  • Water supply
  • Wastewater supply
  • Stormwater supply
  • Transportation

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How will I know if I need to pay a Development Contribution?

If you are subdividing, building, connecting to Council’s services, or otherwise undertaking some kind of development in the Tasman District, you may need to pay development contributions. 

Council can require a development contribution for a development upon the granting of:

  • A resource consent.
  • A building consent or certificate of acceptance.
  • An authorisation for a service connection for water, wastewater or stormwater services.

Development contributions apply to all developments:

  • Within the catchments shown in the Development Contribution Area Maps contained in the Development and Financial Contributions Policy 2018-2028
  • That connect to Council’s water or, wastewater or, stormwater services in the settlements outlined below, or rural extensions from these settlements
  • Throughout the District for transportation development contribution charges.

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Development Contribution Charges that apply in each area from July 2018

You will normally be issued a development contributions notice when your resource consent, building consent, certificate, or service connection is granted. In some cases, the notice may be issued earlier or later.  The notice is an important step in the process as it outlines the services you are paying for and what the charges are that will apply to your development.

AreaTransportationWastewaterWaterStormwater

Wakefield

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Brightwater

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Richmond

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mapua / Ruby Bay

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Motueka

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Riwaka

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Kaiteriteri

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Pohara / Ligar Bay / Tata Beach

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Takaka

Yes

Yes

No

No

Collingwood

Yes

Yes

No

No

Rest of District
(Land outside of listed settlements)

Yes

Yes

No

Yes


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How much will I be charged?

It depends on the nature and extent of your development, and when we receive a resource or building consent application for your development. 

The development contribution charges as at 1 July 2018 from our 2018 Policy are set out below.

2018 Policy - Development Contribution Charge per HUD 1 July 2018 (GST inclusive)

Catchments

Service

Waimea

Motueka

Golden Bay

Rest of District

Stormwater

$6,374

$9,300

$1,091

N/A

Water

$8,907

$5,456

N/A

N/A

Wastewater

$10,442

$8,964

$13,257

N/A

Transportation

$1,290

$1,290

$1,290

$1,290

Total

$27,013

$25,010

$15,638

$1,290

In order to have a consistent method of charging for development contributions, our development contributions are centred around the concept of a household unit of demand or “HUD” for our infrastructure. In other words, a normal home and the demands it typically places on our infrastructure.

Here are a few simple examples:

  • If you are building a new home in Motueka you could expect to pay $25,010.
  • If you are building a new home in Brightwater, Richmond or Wakefield you could expect to pay $27,013.
  • If you are building a new home in Takaka or Collingwood you could expect to pay $14,547 as a stormwater charge doesn’t apply to these settlements. 
  • If you are building a new home in Pohara/Ligar Bay/Tata Beach you could expect to pay $15,638 as a stormwater charge does apply in these settlements.

There are other special circumstances that may be relevant to you:

  • If you are building a small home you may be eligible for a discount, refer to the Special Assessments section of our Policy for further information.
  • If you are building a non-residential development your charges will be assessed using Household Unit of Demand Equivalents, refer to the Non Residential section of our Policy for further information.

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What if I applied for my development before 1 July 2018?

The value of development charges you will be required to pay will be based on the Policy that was in place at the time we received your application for development.  For example, if we received your application after 1 July 2015 and prior to 30 June 2018, the 2015-2025 Development Contributions Policy will apply to you.

The development contribution charges as at 1 July 2018 from our 2015 Policy are set out below.

2015 Policy - Development Contribution Charge per HUD 1 July 2018 (GST inclusive)

Service

District Wide Catchment

Stormwater

$10,162

Water

$5,326

Wastewater

$10,857

Transportation

$788

Total

$27,133

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What if I disagree with the amount I am required to pay?

If you think we have made a mistake in seeking development contributions for your development, you can request a reconsideration. You can also lodge a formal objection. 

When you receive your development contribution notice, it also triggers your rights to request a development contributions reconsideration or to lodge an objection.

Reconsideration

Reconsideration requests are a process that formally requires us to reconsider our assessment of development contributions for your development. You can make a request for reconsideration if you have grounds to believe that:

  • The development contribution levied was incorrectly calculated or assessed under this Policy; or
  • We have incorrectly applied this Policy; or
  • The information we used to assess your development against this Policy, or the way that we have recorded or used that information when requiring a development contribution, was incomplete or contained errors.

To seek a reconsideration, you must:

  • Lodge your reconsideration request within 10 working days of receiving your development contribution notice.
  • Use the reconsideration form and supply any supporting information with your form.
  • Pay the reconsideration fee of $210 at the time of application.

Applications with insufficient information or without payment of fee will be returned to the applicant, with a request for additional information or payment.

Once you have provided us with all required information and paid the reconsideration fee, your request will be considered by a panel of a minimum of two, and a maximum of three, staff. You will be notified of Council’s decision within 15 working days from the date on which we receive all required relevant information relating to the request.

Objections

Objections are a more formal process that allow you to seek a review of our decisions. A panel of up to three independent commissioners will assess the objection. The decisions of the commissioners are binding on Council.

You may make an objection only on the grounds that Council has:

  • Failed to properly take into account features of your development that, on their own or cumulatively with those of other developments, would substantially reduce the impact of the development on requirements for community facilities in the district or parts of the District; or
  • Required a development contribution for community facilities not required by, or related to, your development, whether on its own or cumulatively with other developments; or
  • Required a development contribution in breach of section 200 of the Local Government Act; or
  • Incorrectly applied this Policy to your development.

Schedule 13A of the Local Government Act sets out the objection process. If you wish to pursue an objection, you must:

  • Lodge your request for an objection within 15 working days of receiving notice to pay a development contribution, or within 15 working days of receiving the outcome of any request for a reconsideration.
  • Use the objection form and supply any supporting information with your form.
  • Pay a $1,200 deposit.

You are liable for all costs incurred in the objection process including staff and commissioner time, and other costs incurred by Council associated with any hearings.

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Need to know more?

More comprehensive information is included in our Development and Financial Contributions Policy 2018-2028.

Development contributions are complex. If you need further help to understand the Policy or have a question you cannot answer, we are here to help.  Please phone (03) 543 8400 or send an email to kate.rodda@tasman.govt.nz.

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