The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 introduces a contemporary way of managing infrastructure through Basic and General Infrastructure Schemes.
Basic and General Infrastructure Schemes will supplement existing schemes such as planning conditions, deeds and bonding arrangements.
These schemes may replace the need for complex infrastructure agreements with individual landowners, which has slowed administration processes considerably. They provide additional tools to help unlock investment and create a transparent process that enables new infrastructure to be delivered to our communities. They will also ensure that those who serve to gain from works contribute their fair share of infrastructure costs.
To assist in the implementation of this new approach, the Department has initiated an Infrastructure Schemes Pilot Project to improve our understanding of the financial tools that can be used to deliver infrastructure. The Pilot Project will run for approximately 12 months.
Following an EOI process conducted in February 2017, eight project nominations were received by the Department. The selected projects and sponsors are:
Scenarios range from infill or catalyst sites to urban growth areas, providing a reasonable breadth of issues against which the new mechanism can be tested.
Other nominated project sponsors will be offered support through the preparation and sharing of appropriate templates and documents developed through the Pilot Project, and some will also be invited to form part of the Infrastructure Reference Group.
In preparation for the commencement of the pilot project, the Department sought the services of a suitably qualified person or consortia to undertake the role of project Coordinator. Greenhill Engineers Pty Ltd (in partnership with Stimson Consulting) was successful in this process. Mr John Stimson will assume the day to day role of project Coordinator for the duration of the Pilot.
Key tasks in the coming months will include the preparation of Scheme outline templates, consideration of potential Practice Directions and the drafting of a Scheme Coordinator Code of Conduct.
In addition the Department will also be commencing preparation of Design Standards, with assistance provided by suitably qualified persons. Updates regarding Design Standards will be provided in due course.
For more information about Infrastructure Schemes and Design Standards please contact: