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Development Contributions Plan

About Moreland's Development Contributions Plan (DCP)

The purpose of the Moreland Development Contributions Plan (DCP) (PDF) is to ensure that the cost of providing new infrastructure is shared between developers and the wider community on a fair and reasonable basis. More specifically, the DCP imposes a development infrastructure levy and/or a community infrastructure levy to fund a range of social and physical infrastructure to meet the future needs of the community.

The DCP outlines these social and physical infrstructure projects, including capital infrastructure projects such as roads, drainage, footpath, streetscape works as well as community infrastructure projects, such as child care centres, Maternal and Child Health Centres and neighbourhood houses. The infrastructure is required to cope with the growing population of the municipality and the consequential increased demand on infrastructure.

The Development Contributions Plan Overlay (DCPO) is a way by which Council charges new development for contributions towards the planned social and physical infrastructure projects set out in the DCP.

While Council rates cover the majority of infrastructure in Moreland, the DCPO provides additional funding to make up for shortfalls between rates and the cost of infrastructure. The development contributions go directly towards projects which would be used by the development, because they are located in the same area.

  • A DCP charge applies to all development requiring a planning permit.  However the following are exempt from the requirement to make contributions:

    • Non- government schools
    • Development that comprises renovations or alterations to an existing dwelling, demolition of a dwelling and replacement with a new dwelling and outbuildings and fences normal to a dwelling (the exemption does not apply to works associated with a second or subsequent dwellings on the same land); and
    • Reinstatement of a building which has been unintentionally damaged or destroyed, provided that the floor area of the new building is not greater than the damaged or destroyed building.
  • The amount to be paid depends on the location of the site and the development type proposed.

    Moreland has been broken down into 12 Charge Areas (generally by suburb). Each Charge Area has a different list of projects, and so the required payment for each area is different.

    In addition, there are three different development categories – residential, industrial and commercial. Residential development requires a community infrastructure payment as well as a development infrastructure payment. Industrial and commercial development only requires a development infrastructure payment.

    To calculate the cost you are required to pay, you need to identify the Charge Area in which the site is located, what type of development is proposed, and either the number of dwellings or the size of the commercial/ industrial floor area being proposed.

    The cost can then be calculated by referring to Schedule 1 to the DCPO which will be located at Clause 45.06 of the Moreland Planning Scheme.

    Link to Schedule 1 of Clause 45.06

  • An invoice for the DCP charge will be issued with your planning permit. You are required to pay the DCP charge prior to the issue of the building permit.

Amendment C215 - Changes to the DCP Incorporated Document

Amendment C215more was submitted to the Minister for Planning following Council's resolution at the 10 November 2021 Council meeting.

Amendment C215more was approved by the Minister for Planning on 22 March 2022 and came into operation on 14 April 2022, when the notice of approval was published in the Victorian Government Gazette.

You can view all the approved Amendment C215more documents on the Victorian Government's Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Amendment C215more changed the Incorporated Document 'Moreland Development Contributution Plan, January 2015', listed in the Schedule to Clause 72.04 Documents Incorporated of the Moreland Planning Scheme.

Specifically, the amendment amended text at section 7.3 'Funds Administration' (page 20) to extend the date by which projects funded via this DCP will be delivered, from 30 June 2023 to 30 June 2026. The date by which funds will be collected has not changed.

Amendment C133 - Implementation of the DCPO

Amendment C133 introduced the DCPO to the Moreland Planning Scheme, applying it to all the land within the municipality through its gazettel on 19 November 2015. 

You can view more information on Amendment C133 on the Victorian Government's Planning website.

Further information about development contribution plans

For further information relating to the amendment process, contact Council's Strategic Planning Unit by emailing or calling 9240 2422.

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