The Brisbane Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No. 6) 2017 was approved by Council, and took effect on 3 July 2017.
A key change to the resolution is the update to the process for the recalculation of establishment costs for land infrastructure (section 24 of the resolution). This change provides greater certainty for the development industry and Council, and also reflects the Minister’s guidelines and rules (July 2017) made under the Planning Act 2016. Minor changes have also been made to clarify Council’s requirements for the recalculation of establishment costs for trunk infrastructure works (section 23 of the resolution).
Council’s adopted charges (Schedules 2 and 4 of the resolution) have also been amended to reflect the charge amounts prescribed by the Planning Regulation 2017 (Planning Regulation), which now expresses the time value of money through indexation of the maximum charge. For example, Council’s previous infrastructure charges for a one or two bedroom multiple dwelling was $10,000 per unit. This has now increased to $10,111.15 per unit (an increase of 1.011%).
Where Council’s adopted charges were below the previous maximum amount allowed by the Queensland Government, Council has increased the adopted charge by 1.011% but has not increased the base amount to the maximum allowed under the Planning Regulation. For example, Council’s previous infrastructure charges for a rooming accommodation suite with one or two bedrooms was $2000 below the Queensland Government maximum of $10,000. Council’s previous infrastructure charges of $8000 have now increased to $8088.92.