New Development Contributions Plan - Amendment C170dare

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In the Darebin Council Plan 2017-21, Council committed to creating a new municipal Development Contributions Plan, to ensure that the cost of required new and upgraded infrastructure is shared equitably between developers and the wider community as our City grows.

Planning Scheme Amendment C170dare proposes to action a new Development Contributions Plan for Darebin by bringing it into the Darebin Planning Scheme. The proposed DCP will place a levy on new development to help fund infrastructure for our growing community over the next 20 years.

The public exhibition and submissions period for Amendment C170dare ended on 14 December 2020. We are now considering submissions and will report back to Council early in 2021.

Why a Development Contributions Plan is needed

Darebin’s population is expected to grow from 165,000 in 2019 to more than 230,000 in 2041 and new and upgraded infrastructure will be required to meet the needs of the future community.

A Development Contributions Plan is a common tool used by local governments to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure is shared between developers and the wider community on a fair and equitable basis.


What’s happened so far?

Darebin’s previous Development Contributions Plan collected developer contributions between 2004 and 2014 and delivered a range of infrastructure projects. It is no longer charging a levy on new development but remains in place to allow levies previously collected to be expended on the Multi-Sport Stadium at John Cain Memorial Park in Thornbury.

At its meeting on 29 June, Council resolved to request authorisation from the Minister for Planning to start the Planning Scheme Amendment C170dare process to introduce the new municipal wide Development Contributions Plan (DCP) into the Darebin Planning Scheme.

On July 30 Council received authorisation to prepare Amendment C170dare from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, under delegation from the Minister for Planning.

Amendment C170dare was on public exhibition from 12 November to 14 December 2020 and community members and stakeholders were invited to make written submissions during this time.

What's happening now?

Please note that submissions are now closed.

All written submissions made during the public exhibition period for Amendment C170dare are now being considered and a report will be provided to Council early in 2021.

Council must take all submissions into consideration. Where submissions raise concerns that cannot be resolved, Council may refer the amendment to an independent planning panel (appointed by the Minister for Planning). If required, a planning panel process would be expected to be completed by around the middle of 2021.

You can follow the progress of Amendment C170dare through the planning scheme amendment steps on the right of this page.

More information about the proposed Development Contributions Plan levy

What types of development will be affected by the proposed development levy?


If you have any questions about the proposed DCP, you can contact Hamish Jacobsen on 8470 8141 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au

Frequently asked questions can be found in our FAQ section.


In the Darebin Council Plan 2017-21, Council committed to creating a new municipal Development Contributions Plan, to ensure that the cost of required new and upgraded infrastructure is shared equitably between developers and the wider community as our City grows.

Planning Scheme Amendment C170dare proposes to action a new Development Contributions Plan for Darebin by bringing it into the Darebin Planning Scheme. The proposed DCP will place a levy on new development to help fund infrastructure for our growing community over the next 20 years.

The public exhibition and submissions period for Amendment C170dare ended on 14 December 2020. We are now considering submissions and will report back to Council early in 2021.

Why a Development Contributions Plan is needed

Darebin’s population is expected to grow from 165,000 in 2019 to more than 230,000 in 2041 and new and upgraded infrastructure will be required to meet the needs of the future community.

A Development Contributions Plan is a common tool used by local governments to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure is shared between developers and the wider community on a fair and equitable basis.


What’s happened so far?

Darebin’s previous Development Contributions Plan collected developer contributions between 2004 and 2014 and delivered a range of infrastructure projects. It is no longer charging a levy on new development but remains in place to allow levies previously collected to be expended on the Multi-Sport Stadium at John Cain Memorial Park in Thornbury.

At its meeting on 29 June, Council resolved to request authorisation from the Minister for Planning to start the Planning Scheme Amendment C170dare process to introduce the new municipal wide Development Contributions Plan (DCP) into the Darebin Planning Scheme.

On July 30 Council received authorisation to prepare Amendment C170dare from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, under delegation from the Minister for Planning.

Amendment C170dare was on public exhibition from 12 November to 14 December 2020 and community members and stakeholders were invited to make written submissions during this time.

What's happening now?

Please note that submissions are now closed.

All written submissions made during the public exhibition period for Amendment C170dare are now being considered and a report will be provided to Council early in 2021.

Council must take all submissions into consideration. Where submissions raise concerns that cannot be resolved, Council may refer the amendment to an independent planning panel (appointed by the Minister for Planning). If required, a planning panel process would be expected to be completed by around the middle of 2021.

You can follow the progress of Amendment C170dare through the planning scheme amendment steps on the right of this page.

More information about the proposed Development Contributions Plan levy

What types of development will be affected by the proposed development levy?


If you have any questions about the proposed DCP, you can contact Hamish Jacobsen on 8470 8141 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au

Frequently asked questions can be found in our FAQ section.