FAIR GO: Councillor Mark Sultana is proposing the council remove developer contributions on secondary dwellings at tomorrow’s meeting.
FAIR GO: Councillor Mark Sultana is proposing the council remove developer contributions on secondary dwellings at tomorrow’s meeting. Rob Wright

Granny flats going cheap

REMOVING developer contributions for granny flats is being proposed by Coffs Harbour City councillor Mark Sultana.

Cr Sultana has submitted a notice of motion to tomorrow's Coffs Harbour City Council meeting proposing to remove the 40% developer contributions paid on secondary dwellings, which he said could range from $7000 to more than $10,000.

He said lack of affordable housing was a significant issue in Coffs Harbour but the council received "minimal" applications for secondary dwellings because the cost deterred residents from building them.

Coffs Harbour City Council planning staff said low-cost housing was not a traditional council responsibility and proposals like Cr Sultana's motion shifted costs from the state to local government, as ratepayers would end up carrying the extra costs in providing services.

Planning staff have recommended preparation of a full report outlining the full implications of such a move.

Among tenders on the agenda for tomorrow's meeting is letting a tender for a consultant to prepare environmental studies to inform a Planning Proposal for the Korora/West Sapphire/Moonee Large Lot Residential Investigation Area.

The council has allocated $150,000 from the 2014-15 budget for this work.

It will speed the move towards the release of rural residential land not planned for release until after 2019, according to the 2009 Rural Residential Strategy.

Councillors are expected to adopt the draft West Coffs Developer Contributions Plan.

A review of the plan has seen a reduction of contributions from $44,701 to $36,211 due to favourable land prices and reduced prices for flood mitigation and road construction.

A two-year tender for a wide range of security and monitoring services covering everything from automatic library book returns to water and sewerage computer telemetry, cash transit and security patrols will also be let tomorrow, as will a tender for concrete work for pram ramps and cycleways being built in conjunction with the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy upgrade.



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