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CBDDevelopment Incentives - Townsville City Council

CBD Development Incentives

Stimulating growth for Townsville’s future


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DISCLAIMER

This summary of Townsville City Council’s CBD Development Incentives

Program is for general information purposes only and should not be relied

on to determine eligibility for and the application of the CBD Development

Incentives Program. Before making any decisions involving or relating to

eligibility or application of the CBD Development Incentives Program, further

information and advice should be obtained by contacting council’s Planning

and Development Division.

Information is correct as at April 2011.


Introduction

Townsville is Queensland’s largest urban

area outside the South East, and Australia’s

biggest tropical city. Our diverse economy,

strong growth and strategic location, have

seen Townsville widely recognised as a

model of regional economic success.

With its focus on business and culture,

Townsville’s Central Business District (CBD)

is an economic and social gateway to North

Queensland. It plays a vital role in the

history, lifestyle and administration of our

city and is a gauge of our civic maturity,

prosperity and confidence.

Given its role and importance, various

state and local planning and economic

studies have prioritised the development

of the CBD. To consolidate the findings of

these studies, council has developed the

CBD Master Plan. This plan will establish

growth targets centred on achieving

30,000 people living or working in the CBD

by 2030.

To assist this objective, the CBD Master

Plan includes an implementation

program outlining key initiatives and

their timelines. These include ongoing

investment in community infrastructure

such as the Townsville Entertainment

and Convention Centre, Townsville Ocean

Terminal, public spaces, waterfront

pathways and pedestrian bridges. Others

include direct government investment

through regionalisation of services and

consolidation of government functions and

accommodation within the CBD.

Whilst these initiatives will be of great

strategic importance to the development

of the CBD, their implementation will take

time. Therefore, the CBD also needs an

immediate stimulus to build confidence,

activity and momentum and to ensure the

objectives of the CBD revitalisation are

realised. This is best achieved through the

use of facilitative, financial and regulatory

incentives that provide an immediate

stimulus in creating the conditions for

increased private investment.

Accordingly, council has developed the

CBD Development Incentives Program.

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Townsville CBD Development Incentives

The Program

THE CBD DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES PROGRAM HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED

TO PROVIDE AN IMMEDIATE STIMULUS FOR DESIRABLE DEVELOPMENT

WITHIN OUR CBD. IT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

1. CBD Development Facilitation

The process of assessing the planning viability of new

projects, and obtaining development and construction

approvals can be complex. Delays can cause additional

costs, lost opportunities or project failure.

Under the CBD Development Facilitation initiative,

council has established a first point of contact for

qualifying CBD developments. This will be an assigned

Development Advocate working with proponents

to assess the program suitability of a proposed

development and to identify the necessary approvals

and permitting processes. If the project qualifies under

council’s CBD Development Incentives Program, the

Development Advocate will work with the developer to

determine the level of rates and charges exemptions

and/or concessions, and manage streamlined and fasttracked

approvals, conditions and permitting processes.

The Development Advocate would also provide advice

and assist the proponent with processes involving state

and federal agencies.

2. Permitted Construction Hours

The timing of construction activity is mostly governed by

the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1994

(Division 3). Under s440R, a person must not carry out

building work in a way that makes an audible noise:

(a) on a business day or Saturday, before 6.30am or

after 6.30pm; or

(b) on any other day, at any time.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, this requirement

will be the default condition on any qualifying

development’s Work Permits and Development

Approvals, where construction works are a part of the

approved or permitted activity within the CBD

as defined.

Further, where it is considered important to the success

of a CBD development project – and sufficient to justify

the need for exemptions or concessions from these

provisions – council will, under the CBD Development

Facilitation process, assist the proponent to obtain

exemptions or concessions under the terms of the

Environmental Protection Act 1994.

3. Site and Services Access

The closure of roads in Queensland is the responsibility

of the Queensland police. For a road closure application

to be considered, it requires a letter of no objection

from council with any conditions outlined. Conditions

normally relate to traffic control requirements,

notifications (service providers, affected residents and


general public), and the obtaining of State

Government permits.

Access to construction sites can be limited by

operational needs of Road Reserves controlled by

council. Temporary closures of Road Reserves (footpaths

and roads) are currently permitted in exceptional

circumstances only. Additionally, access to council

services such as water, sewerage, roads and drains is

generally required.

Where it is considered important to the success of

a qualifying project, council will, as part of the CBD

Development Facilitation process, assist the proponent

to obtain road and footpath closure approvals and

provide priority access to council services. This can be

progressed early within the life of the project, thereby

identifying and managing risk that can otherwise hold

up and add cost to the project.

4. Sundry Fee and Application Charge Waiver

To provide financial incentives for qualifying projects,

council will waive the following fees and charges:

• Operational Works (Schedule 4 ) 1

• Miscellaneous Infrastructure (Schedule 5)

• Hydraulic Services (Schedule 6)

• Water meter and service connection fees.

5. Car Park Concessions

To achieve development objectives, Townsville’s CBD

requires both public and private sector commercial

development. It also requires sufficient parking

without stifling this development. This will be achieved

by adopting the following measures:

• developing effective public car parking

strategies

• improving public transport service levels and use

• obtaining agreement that government CBD

developments will substantially comply with

planning scheme parking conditions

• granting sensible parking concessions for

qualifying CBD projects.

Items 1 and 2 are ongoing, and item 3 is being

developed as part of the Townsville Futures Plan and

the CBD Master Plan.

To give effect to item 4, Council has relaxed parking

requirements for CBD office developments 2 to one car

park per 50 m2, with additional allowance of up to 15

per cent (1 per 57.5 m2), within the CBD Core 3 .

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1 Planning and Development Schedule of Fees and Charges www.townsville.qld.gov.au/resident/planning/Pages/fees.aspx

2 As defined under the Townsville City Plan 2005

3 Subject to further conditions. Please contact the Planning and Development Division.

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6. Council Rates and Utility Charges Exemptions

Rates and utilities are considered holding costs for

unproductive properties and act as an incentive to

commence development. To further leverage this

incentive, the CBD Development Incentives Program

provides qualifying projects with rates and utility

charge exemptions or concessions during periods

of construction.

7. Townsville City Council Headworks Concessions

Headworks, or infrastructure contributions, are a

cost to development. To reduce this cost and

promote development within the CBD, Townsville

City Council infrastructure contributions

concessions will be granted to qualifying projects on

the basis of 50 per cent and 100 per cent concessions

for the Greater CBD and Core CBD respectively.

Qualifying developments will be:

• consistent with the planning scheme or CBD

Master Plan

• approved before 30 June 2012

• approved as a qualifying project under the CBD

Development Incentive Program and building

works commence between 30 April 2011 and 30

June 2015 inclusive

• substantially completed (i.e. a certificate of

classification for the building works associated

with the material change of use has been issued)

between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2015 inclusive.

Infrastructure contribution concessions are for

local government charges only 4 and do not include

infrastructure contributions towards the local function

use of state-controlled roads. However, the state

government has foreshadowed, and is in the process

of introducing, reforms to place a moratorium on the

collection of charges for the local function use of statecontrolled

roads for three years through to 30

June 2014.

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Townsville CBD Development Incentives

4 Excluding car parking contributions.


Who Qualifies?

IN ORDER TO STIMULATE DESIRABLE CBD DEVELOPMENT, THE CBD

DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES PROGRAM WILL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF

DEVELOPMENTS AS DEFINED BY THE TOWNSVILLE CITY PLAN 2005:

Accommodation Building

Hotel or Motel

Multi Dwellings

Office

Service Industry

Shop

Shopping Complex

Medical Centre

Child Care Centre

Indoor Recreation

Educational Establishment

Car Park

Major Utility

For developments to qualify, they must be located within Townsville’s CBD as outlined below.

Castle

Hill

Hale st

eyre st

oxley st

tHe strand

Key

greater CBd

CBd Core

wills st

KnaPP st

sturt st

flinders st

fletCHer st

Jones st

aPlin st

BlaCKwood st

sturt st

flinders st

stanley st

walKer st

PerfuMed

gardens

stoKes st

denHaM st

Melton

Hill

Cleveland tCe

Marina drive

ogden st

flinders st

ross CreeK

Hanran st

viCtoria

Bridge

wiCKHaM st

anzaC

ParK

reid

ParK

soutHBanK

Central

ParK

Hanran

ParK

dean st

MCilwraitH st

PalMer st

antHony st

PluMe st

King st

sir leslie tHess drive

saunders st

griffitH st

ross st

dean

ParK

allen st

townsville

railyards

davidson st

Morey st

Boundary st

rooney st

PerKins st

tully st

Port of

townsville

soutH

townsville

Qualifying projects will have a construction value exceeding $3,000,000.

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1: 10,000 @ a3

100 200 300 400 500

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Interested?

The information provided within this summary is general and should be used for guidance

purposes only. For further assistance and advice, or to make an application under the CBD

Development Incentives Program, please contact the Planning and Development Division

on 1300 878 001 or investtownsville@townsville.qld.gov.au.

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