De­vel­op­ers set to pay less to­wards fa­cil­i­ties

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

COSTS for the Alki­mos Eglin­ton Devel­oper Con­tri­bu­tion Plan (DCP) have gone down fol­low­ing the lat­est re­view.

The City of Wan­neroo Coun­cil ap­proved the re­vised es­ti­mates at its Au­gust meet­ing, not­ing the over­all cost for fa­cil­i­ties over the 25-year life of the plan would be al­most $72.4 mil­lion, down from $75.6 mil­lion in 2015.

The Au­gust 22 re­port said the con­tri­bu­tion rate should drop from $111,106 per hectare ($11.11/sq m) to $99,710 per hectare ($9.97/sq m).

The plan col­lects money from de­vel­op­ers of nine es­tates to fund fu­ture com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, such as li­braries, com­mu­nity cen­tres and dis­trict play­ing fields.

“The pur­pose of the an­nual DCP re­view process is to en­sure that suf­fi­cient funds con­tinue to be col­lected from de­vel­op­ing landown­ers to meet the cost of de­liv­er­ing th­ese fa­cil­i­ties,” the re­port said.

It said the City had re­ceived al­most $10.6 mil­lion from de­vel­op­ers in the two sub­urbs by May 2017, with $757,948 in­ter­est gen­er­ated so far.

Un­der the cur­rent plan’s time­frame, the first fa­cil­ity to be built would be a $4.9 mil­lion surf-life­sav­ing club in Alki­mos in 2017-18, but that was not listed in the City’s 2017-18 Cap­i­tal Works Bud­get.

“Ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­ceived nu­mer­ous re­quests from the landown­ers to con­sider the early pro­vi­sion of the Eglin­ton north in­door re­cre­ation cen­tre, which is iden­ti­fied in the DCP as not be­ing re­quired un­til 203233,” the re­port said.

“The re­quests have been premised on the likely de­lay in land avail­abil­ity for other DCP funded projects, the es­tab­lish­ment of a tem­po­rary surf-life­sav­ing fa­cil­ity in Alki­mos and po­ten­tial changes to pop­u­la­tion pro­jec­tions and land re­leases.

“At this stage, there is in­ad­e­quate in­for­ma­tion to con­sider any repri­ori­ti­sa­tion of fa­cil­i­ties.”

The re­port said while the cur­rent re­view re­lated solely to cost es­ti­mates, with the next re­view of rec­om­men­da­tions due in 2020, there would be fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion through­out this year.

A sim­i­lar plan is in place for Yanchep and Two Rocks, and the re­port said the re­view of that would be pre­sented to the coun­cil to­wards the end of this year.

Fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided through that plan in­clude the Yanchep play­ing fields and Yanchep Surf Life Sav­ing Club, which are both due to be com­pleted soon.

A tem­po­rary surf-life­sav­ing fa­cil­ity in Alki­mos has led to calls for other projects to be pri­ori­tised.


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