$8000 fee for Grafton developers



DEVELOPERS in Grafton will have to pay an extra $8000 in council fees and charges from tomorrow.

At an extraordinary meeting of the Clarence Valley Council in Maclean yesterday, councillors agreed to introduce separate charges for sewerage and water supply.

Until now, there has been no developer charges for water and sewerage in the former Grafton local government area, but as of July 1, $4000 fees will be introduced for both.

Under the new arrangements, a standard $4000 water availability charge will be levied for each 'equivalent tenement' (water usage or sewage generation from one residential dwelling) across the entire council area.

Until now, Grafton developers have paid nothing, Waterview developers $7559, Wooli $6906 and Glenreagh $2173.

Under the sewerage contributions, developers at Woodford Island and Yamba will continue to be charged $8000 for each equivalent tenement, while Grafton, Junction Hill, Clarenza and Coutts Crossing will rise to $4000.

In a report to council, staff said developer charges for water and sewerage had not previously been charged in the former Grafton area and the adoption of the development servicing plans would be a major change for development in this area.

The proposed fee changes have been on display since June 17 and councillors were told no submissions had been received.

"The lack of response from developers and consultants appears to be due to the expectation that such fees are being charged in most areas, and that it was only a matter of time that Grafton would also have similar charges," staff told councillors.



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