Development Incentives Policies Released

By | 2017-11-17T04:32:54+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Town Planning|

Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Unitywater introduced policies commencing 3 July 2017 in a joint initiative to provide incentives for development in key target areas, where existing infrastructure has capacity to serve higher density development.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

One of the main guiding principles for the introduction of this policy by Sunshine Coast Regional Council, is to meet the infill targets within areas where spare capacity exists in the water supply and/or sewerage networks. SCRC & Unitywater have identified key areas in the Caloundra and Nambour town centres for initial adoption of the policy, with the goal of increasing densities on vacant or under developed sites.

SCRC’s Development Incentives Policy provides a set of eligibility criteria for up to a 50% reduction of Infrastructure Charges. Importantly, applications for the incentives policy must be received by Council between 3 July 2017 and 30 June 2019 and the building works for the development must be substantially commenced by 30 December 2019.

Moreton Bay Regional Council

Moreton Bay Regional Council have taken a slightly different approach, to encourage specific use types within the targeted areas of Strathpine, Caboolture & around the Redcliffe Peninsula Line. The uses targeted by MBRC in the policy are:

  • Rooming Accommodation (Student Accommodation);
  • Mixed use buildings;
  • Multiple Dwelling Units;
  • Short Term Accommodation;
  • Retirement Facilities; and
  • Residential Care Facilities.

There are also additional eligibility criteria including design and minimum size requirements for multiple dwelling, student accommodation & residential care developments. The programme is open to projects that meet the eligibility criteria, have been approved under the MBRC Planning Scheme and will be substantially commenced by 31 December 2019.


Unitywater have committed $10 million to reduce infrastructure charges in designated areas to provide an incentive for developers to deliver developments in areas where Unitywater’s existing networks have the capacity to reliably and safely serve an increased number of connections. Additional target areas may be added or removed from the policy in the future.

Unitywater has outlined that they are willing to reduce infrastructure charges on a sliding scale from 50% to 100%, depending on the density of development approved by the relevant Council. There is a range of eligibility criteria which must be met to be eligible for this criteria and a formal application must be made to Unitywater.

Note: the MBRC Policy includes a larger target area than Unitywater. Some developments along the Redcliffe Peninsula Line may be eligible for reductions by MBRC only.

For more information regarding these policies, and the eligibility criteria, contact Bennett + Bennett’s Town Planning team on (07) 5631 8000.