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28 Oct

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LGIP Reviewer Panel: Integran on-board

October 28, 2014 | By |

Integran is pleased to announce that we have been appointed to the State government’s panel of pre-approved LGIP reviewers. The Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP) has established this panel so that Local governments can select a pre-approved consultant with suitable qualifications and experience to undertake the review of draft Local Government Infrastructure Plans (LGIPs) in accordance with Statutory Guideline 02/14 – Making and amending local planning instruments, and Statutory Guideline 03/14 – Local government infrastructure plans.

Integran has a track record in successfully preparing all aspects of LGIPs (formerly PIPs) and is well aware of the processes, issues required to prepare the documents to the required standard.

Under the Statutory Guideline 03/14 a consultant who prepares the LGIP for the Local Government can also act as an appointed reviewer. As an approved LGIP reviewer Integran can both prepare the LGIP and undertake the review.

For more information on the LGIP review, please do not hesitate to contact us.

29 Aug

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Infrastructure Charges Reform- Roadshow Wrap-up

August 29, 2014 | By |

The ‘Infrastructure Charges Reform – Implications & Tactics’ seminars held by Integran around Regional Queensland have had a tremendous turnout. The seminar provided Integran with the opportunity to further understand the issues faced by Local Councils in interpreting and implementing the new legislation and to share experience from Regional Areas with other Councils around the State.

Some Councils have already been very proactive in responding to the mandatory changes that came into effect on 4 July 2014 by:


- Updating their Infrastructure Charges Notices (ICNs) to state the details of any offsets and refunds, including timing of refunds;


- Amending the development approval conditions templates to specify the section of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 under which a condition about infrastructure is imposed; and


-Preparing a template for the Information Notice that will now accompany the ICNs.

With 2014 quickly disappearing Councils have commenced replacing their existing Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolutions (AICRs) with charges resolutions that comply with the amended Act.  Although not due until  30 June 2015, new compliant charges resolutions are recommended to be put in place as soon as possible to replace the ‘default’ provisions that apply under Statutory Guideline 03/14 – Local Government Infrastructure Plans.  These default provisions include trunk infrastructure criteria and a method for determining infrastructure costs.

Overall some of our findings from the seminars which still require further consideration and clarity from the State include:


-Ability to condition trunk infrastructure not identified in the LGIP and outside the PIA;


-Methodology problems for calculating the value of refunds where the cost of necessary trunk infrastructure identified in a condition is greater than the levied charge;


-Refunds to reflect actual costs solely at the discretion of the applicant through a recalculation notice.


As briefly mentioned in the seminar, Integran is working hard on finalising its CORR software – a user friendly model to meet the growing and complex need to manage infrastructure charges regimes in a responsive and auditable system.  The model will reflect the desired outcome of the legislation which aims to bring together all facets of local government business, including land use planning, capital works, asset management and financial sustainability.

Thanks for all of those people who have attended the seminars. We look forward to continuing the discussion on our website as we all work through implementing the new legislation.

 

01 Jul

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Event | Infrastructure Charges Reform- Implications & Tactics

July 1, 2014 | By |

With the enactment of the Charges Reform Legislation on the 4th July, 2014 now is the time to take stock of the implications and new direction required on the management of charges. Find out how these changes will affect you and your Council and what steps can be taken to help mitigate the impacts of these changes.

Don’t miss out on finding out how Council will be affected by registering your interest now. To secure a seat please email Integran and don’t forget include your preferred location.



DETAILS

18  July, Friday, Bundaberg, 1pm – 3pm 

Bundaberg Administration Building, 190 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg


24  July, Thursday, Mackay,1pm – 3pm
Sir Albert Abbott Administration Building, Gordon Street,   Mackay


28 July, Monday, Townsville, 1pm – 4 pm

TCC Administration Building, 103-141 Walker Street, Mayoral Reception Room, Ground Floor


5   August , Tuesday, Cairns, 1pm – 4pm

Civic Reception Room, Cairns Regional Council


15  August, Friday, Yeppoon, 10 am – 2 pm

Shoreline Room, Rosslyn Bay Resort and Spa, Rosslyn Bay


19  August, Tuesday, Hervey Bay, 12pm – 3pm

Council Chambers, Tavistock Street, Torquay


21  August, Thursday, Lockyer Valley, 1pm – 3pm

Lockyer Valley Cultural centre, 34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton

 

 

See the Event Flyer

20 Jun

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RICS, PIP… and now the LGIP

June 20, 2014 | By |

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The State has outlined that Local Governments need a new LGIP by mid-2016 in order to collect infrastructure charges or condition trunk works from 1 July 2016.  New Adopted Charges Resolutions also need to be in place by 30 June 2015.

Under the amended Sustainable Planning Act, if Local Government wants to collect infrastructure charges or condition trunk works they will need to prepare and adopt a LGIP by 1 July 2016.  Sounds like plenty of time right?   With State Interest Checks (SIC) and Council resolutions required the length of time it takes to prepare a LGIP quickly grows.

Did you also know that Councils intending to impose infrastructure charges on and after 1 July 2015 will need to prepare and adopt a new AICR?

From 1 July 2015 any Council wanting to impose infrastructure charges on development approvals will also need to have prepared a new resolution to comply with the new legislation and Statutory Guideline 03/14 – Local Government Infrastructure Plans that became effective on 4 July 2014.

For more information on how this will affect you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

06 May

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Proposed Reform Package

May 6, 2013 | By |

The State Government is in the midst of finalising its proposed reform package to infrastructure planning, charging and offsetting arrangements in Queensland. From what is known to date, the key proposed reforms are:


-On-going requirement for Local Government’s to prepare a PIP-like document, albeit rebranded as a Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP);


-Ability to adopt a ‘fair value’ charge representing a 10% discount to the current SPRP for Residential and a 15% discount for Non-Residential;


-In adopting the ‘fair value’ charge, Council’s will be in a position to receive co-funding from the State (administered by EDQ) towards larger infrastructure items (details on the mechanics of how this will work have not been presented to date);


-Deeming of trunk infrastructure – where not identified in Council’s PIP (or LGIP), conditioned infrastructure can be challenged by a Developer as being deemed trunk infrastructure if it fits certain tests.


-Cross-crediting – where a Developer may have accrued  credits in one infrastructure network, they will be allowed to use these credits against another network. However there will not be cross-crediting between local governments and water distributor retailers.


-Actual Value for offsets must be applied to a Development if requested by the Developer.

The entire reform package is still in a draft form, and is yet to be passed through Parliament. It is evident that the new regime will require further detail such as supporting guidelines to clearly demonstrate how these new provisions will be executed.

Integran has been involved in the consultation with the State during drafting and is participating and attending a number of forums in regards to the infrastructure charges reform over the coming weeks.

Should you wish to know further information on how these new
reforms may impact your project, please do not hesitate to contact Integran on (07) 3227 0500.