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Draft Warnervale District Contributions Plan

Draft Warnervale District Contributions Plan

Draft Warnervale District Contributions Plan
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Central Coast Council is currently prioritising a review of its Contributions Plans across the entire LGA.

Council has prepared a draft plan to obtain and manage development contributions in the Warnervale District. The draft plan will replace the current Warnervale Contributions Plan

The review process provides an opportunity to simplify each contributions plan, update land valuations, update infrastructure needs and the cost of road works.

The Warnervale District is the fastest growing area in the Central Coast. The Draft Warnervale District Contributions Plan aims to ensure future growth in Warnervale is supported by new community infrastructure. 

When land is developed, the proponent is often required to contribute towards the construction of this new public infrastructure. New roads, stormwater and drainage, open space and recreational facilities are all examples of community infrastructure that are required when there is increased development in an area.

The Draft Warnervale District Contributions Plan will:

  • Determine what local infrastructure is required based on population growth
  • Set out how contributions are calculated
  • List specific local infrastructure that will be provided by the plan and its location
  • Outline how the contributions will be managed
  • Ensure contributions reflect inflation rates for infrastructure work

This Plan applies to the Warnervale District and includes the suburbs of Warnervale, Woongarrah, Hamlyn Terrace, Wadalba, Halloran and parts of Wyong, Jilliby, Kanwal, and Wallarah.

Warnervale District Contributions Plan boundary

The Draft Warnervale District Contributions Plan has been prepared in accordance with section 7.11 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

The Draft Warnervale District Contributions Plan will be on public exhibition for 28 days commencing Monday 9 November until Monday 7 December 2020.

The community are invited to:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the existing Warnervale District Contributions Plan being updated?

A comprehensive review of the current Warnervale District Contributions Plan has been undertaken to:

  • reduce the complexity of the plan
  • review infrastructure costs
  • review land valuations
  • review contribution rates
  • reposition some infrastructure works to state level for delivery (via a State Infrastructure Contribution)
  • include new facilities for the proposed rezoning at South Wadalba

The current Warnervale District Contributions plan has been updated to reflect revised infrastructure costs, land values and contribution rates to ensure adequate and fair funding in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

What does the Warnervale District Contributions Plan cover?

The Warnervale District Contributions Plan has been prepared in accordance with section 7.11 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.  

The Plan:

  • determines what local infrastructure is required based on population growth
  • sets out how contributions are calculated
  • lists specific local infrastructure that will be provided by the plan and its location
  • outlines how the contributions will be managed 
  • ensures the value of the infrastructure work reflects the cost at the time works will be delivered (through quarterly changes to the consumer price index)

What type of infrastructure does the Warnervale District Contributions Plan provide for?

  • Local transport network upgrades
  • Drainage works 
  • Acquisition of drainage land
  • Parks and playing fields  
  • Community facilities
  • Environmental corridor land and works 
  • Floodplain restoration works 

What are the key differences between the new draft and the existing Warnervale District Contributions Plan?

  • The Contributions Plan identifies a number of catchments for the different categories of infrastructure and services set out in the plan. These catchments are used to calculate contribution rates for all types of development. The amended plan has reduced the number of drainage catchments from 41 to 1.  
  • Community Facilities, Open Space and Studies Catchments have been reduced from 7 catchments to 1.  The number of road and intersections catchments has also been reduced from 15 to 5. These amendments will make it easier for developers and the community to determine a contribution rate for their development. 
  • Updated cost estimates for transport (by a Quantity Surveyor), community facilities and open space embellishment
  • New land valuations for the proposed land acquisitions.
  • Additionally, the plan proposes to deliver a range of infrastructure for the growing Warnervale District including the addition of three new road intersections, new public reserves and new stormwater infrastructure in Wadalba South.  
  • An indoor recreation centre is included but can only be partially funded under the local plan. Council will be seeking grant funding support from the state and federal government to deliver this local and regionally significant infrastructure.
  • The state infrastructure works in Warnervale such as the new Link Road and upgrades to Sparks Road and the Pacific Highway intersections are the responsibility of the state government, and have been removed from the plan.  The state government collects funds for state infrastructure through their Special Infrastructure Contributions.
  • The review of the Warnervale Contributions Plan has resulted in a proposed reduction in the local infrastructure development contribution rate.  This reduction is expected to have a positive impact on the stimulation of development and employment for the Central Coast.

What suburbs are included in the Plan? 

This Plan applies to the Warnervale District and includes the suburbs of Warnervale, Woongarrah, Hamlyn Terrace, Wadalba, Halloran and parts of Wyong, Jilliby, Kanwal, and Wallarah.

Are other contribution plans being reviewed?

Council is prioritising a review of contribution plans and moving towards best practice.

The amended Warnervale District Contribution Plan is the first in a series of Section 7.11 local contributions plan reviews being undertaken by Council. 

This massive but necessary undertaking provides a contemporary framework to provide responsible, transparent and fair governance but also creates clear guidelines to ensure essential services and infrastructure are delivered for a constantly growing region.  

The existing contributions plans are available on Council’s website.

What are Development contributions?

Development contributions (also known as local infrastructure contributions) are charged by Council when new development occurs.  These contributions fund local infrastructure needed to support an increased number of residents in the area.

This type of local infrastructure typically includes local roads, stormwater and drainage, shared pathways, parks, playspaces or other recreational areas, environmental land and community facilities.

Contributions may be in the form of cash payments, transfer or dedication of land (such as land for a new park), works in kind or the provision of public amenities or services not included in a contributions plan.

The NSW Government sets the legislation and policy framework for how Council collects and administers contributions, which is governed by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.   

Council administers the local infrastructure contributions system for the Central Coast region.  

Contributions plans outline Council's policy for assessing, collecting, spending and administering development contributions and describe what infrastructure is needed and how the funding is assigned over an area.  

There are two types of local infrastructure contributions - Section 7.11 contributions and Sections 7.12 contributions.

The Warnervale Plan has been developed in accordance with Section 7.11 of the  Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act).

What are Section 7.11 Contributions? 

Council prepares Section 7.11 Contributions Plans for existing and new areas to help provide enough play spaces, community facilities, safe roads and shared pathways and enhanced stormwater facilities such as constructed wetlands for the increased population.

The Section 7.11 Contributions Plan lists all the proposed new works and facilities and provides a cost for the items.  When land is subdivided or built on, a contribution is charged so that the new services can be provided.

From time to time the person who is doing the subdivision or building will also undertake the works or deliver the facilities that are listed in the contributions plan because it will present an improved development.

To levy contributions under a Section 7.11 contributions plan, the plan must identify a clear relationship between the expected development and the demonstrated need for the public infrastructure. The contribution rate varies between different contributions plans as the contribution rate is determined generally by the cost of the facilities to be provided and the expected development within the contributions plan.

Central Coast Council has a number of Section 7.11 contributions plans across our Local Government Area that apply to specific areas, which are available to view on Council’s website. 

Where can I find more information on developer contributions?


Further information is available on Council’s website centralcoast.nsw.gov.au, or contact Council’s Customer Contact Section on 1300 463 954 or ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au.

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