Amendment C238 - Development Contributions Plan

Amendment C238 has introduced a Development Contributions Plan Overlay over the entire municipality of Yarra.

The Development Contributions Plan will require developers to pay a contribution towards essential city infrastructure like roads and footpaths, as well as community facilities (for example, a new community centre).

The purpose of the plan is to ensure that the cost of providing new infrastructure and upgrading existing infrastructure is shared between developers and the wider community on a fair and reasonable basis.

The details are outlined in the Development Contributions Plan 2019 incorporated document. This document has been incorporated into the Yarra Planning Scheme.

Ministerial approval

On 18 May 2020 the Minister for Planning approved Amendment C238 and it came into effect on 1 February 2021. Find out more information on the operation of the DCP.

Council adoption

Council adopted Amendment C238 at its Council Meeting on 30 April 2019. The amendment will be submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval. 

Panel report

Following the public exhibition period in August-September 2018, council requested the Minister for Planning to appoint an independent planning panel to consider submissions received from the community. The panel hearing was held in February 2019. 

Read the full panel report for Amendment C238

Panel hearing documents

Expert Evidence Statement: Alex Hreljia 
Expert Evidence Statement: Chris De Silva
City of Yarra Part A Submission 

Where does the amendment apply? 

The Development Contributions Plan would apply to all land within the City of Yarra.

It would apply to all new residential dwellings (not reinstatements or renovations of existing residences) as well as commercial and industrial developments where new floor space is being added.

What infrastructure projects will the Development Contributions Plan fund?

We have identified an extensive list of infrastructure projects that would be eligible to be funded under the plan.

You can view the full list of projects in the Development Contributions Plan 2019 incorporated document.

The list of projects was developed based on a number of capital works infrastructure studies undertaken over several years, including the Capital Works Program identified within Council’s Long Term Financial Strategy 2017/18 to 2026/27. 

In total, the Development Contribution Plan comprises 777 projects with a value of $177.2 million.

Where will the contributions be spent? 

We have divided the municipality into 10 areas for the purposes of the collection and distribution of funds collected under the Development Contributions Plan. 

Each contribution would be spent within the area that the new development is built, to ensure that existing and future local residents benefit. 

How much will developers have to contribute? 

The amount that developers would need to contribute varies depending on the area where the development is proposed, and the type of development (residential, retail, commercial or industrial).

You can view the full list of charges and details on how they are calculated, in chapter 7 of the Development Contributions Plan 2019 incorporated document.

Supporting documents

Notice of amendment
Explanatory report
Instruction sheet
Development Contributions Plan 2019 incorporated document
Clause 45.06 Development Contributions Overlay
Schedule 1 to Clause 45.06
Schedule to clause 72.03
Schedule to clause 72.04
Map 01 - 1DCPO
Map 02 - 2DCPO
Map 03 - 3DCPO
Map 04 - 4DCPO
Map 05 - 5DCPO
Map 06 - 6DCPO
Map 07 - 7DCPO
Map 08 - 8DCPO
Map 09 - 9DCPO

Background documents 

Background paper 1 - demographics
Background paper 2 - DCP projects
Background paper 3 - charge areas

Council strategies and policies referenced in the Development Contributions Plan report

Access and Inclusion Plan 2014 to 2017
Arts and Cultural Strategy 2016 to 2020
Bike Strategy 2010 part 1
Bike Strategy 2010 part 2
Bridge Rd Streetscape Masterplan
Buildings Asset Management Plan adopted 2013
Buildings Asset Management Plan revision 2017
Bike Strategy September 2016
Community Infrastructure Planning Framework adopted July 2014
Events in Public Places Policy
Early Years Strategy 2015 to 2018
Economic Development Strategy 2015 to 2020
Encouraging and Increasing Walking Strategy 2005
Final Stage Two Action Plan 2014 to 2017
Guidelines for Public Art in Private Development
Local Area Place Making LAPM Policy 2017
Local Area Traffic Management Policy 2013
Long Term Financial Strategy
Long Term Financial Strategy 2017/18 to 2026/27
Middle Years Strategy 2014 to 2017
Nicholson Street Place Making Initiative Concept Design
Night Time Economy Strategy 2014 to 2018
Parking Management Strategy 2013 to 2015
Positive Ageing Strategy 2007 to 2016
Public Art Policy 2015 to 2020
Road Management Plan 2013
Social and Affordable Housing Strategy 2012 to 2014
Stormwater Drainage Management Strategy
Strategic Advocacy Framework
Strategic Transport Statement 2006
Urban Design Strategy 2011
Victoria Street Streetscape Masterplan adopted 15 September 2015
Water Sensitive Urban Design Policy 2016
Yarra Health Plan 2013 to 2017
Open Space Strategy 2006 to 2016
Yarra Youth Policy Action Plan 2013 to 2016

What stage is the amendment at?

Sixth step in planning scheme amendment process

Key dates

  • 30 April 2019 - Council Meeting to adopt the amendment, and resolve to submit to the Minister for approval 
  • Week of Monday 25 February 2019 - Panel hearing
  • Week of Wednesday 10 December 2018 - Directions hearing
  • October/November 2018 - Council meeting to consider written submissions
  • Thursday 23 August to Friday 21 September 2018 - public exhibition period

How can I get more information? 

For assistance and more information, contact us on 9205 5555 or at [email protected].