City of Wanneroo refunds developers $22.7m

Widening Pinjar Road is one of the projects funded through the developer contributions. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Widening Pinjar Road is one of the projects funded through the developer contributions. Picture: Martin Kennealey

THE City of Wanneroo is doing overdue reviews of several east Wanneroo developer-contribution plans after one revealed it had collected almost $26 million too much from landowners.

Two reports considered at the June 4 council meeting related to plans that collect money from developers to fund future community facilities and infrastructure.

The first related to cell 1, which covers Ashby and Tapping, and public submissions received during a review earlier this year.

At the briefing session, planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said the estimated excess funds collected by full development had increased by $2.7 million to a total of $25.77 million.

Developers Cedar Woods, Peet and Satterley made a joint submission demanding payment by June 30 and the council agreed to refund $22.68 million, with the difference kept as a contingency.

The City also had not done annual reviews for cells 2 to 9 since 2006 and was in breach of statutory obligations, according to a second council report.

Councillors agreed to advertise revised values and infrastructure costs per lot for all those cells, excluding cell 3, at its June 4 meeting.

At the briefing session Mr Dickson said cell 3, which covered part of Wanneroo between Dundebar Road and High Road, would be excluded so administration could investigate it further before public consultation.

The cells that are out for consultation include developments in Sinagra, Hocking, Pearsall, Wangara, Madeley, Darch and Landsdale.

For the cell 1, 2, 5 and 6 plans, the City has proposed deleting underpasses from cost sharing arrangements.

The report said staff did not recommend a return of estimated excess funds for any of cells 2 to 9 based on analysis of development in each area and the infrastructure costs per lot.

Public consultation on the review of costs for cells 2 and 4 to 9 and developer-contribution arrangements will close on July 23.

The annual review proposed a broad hectare englobo land value and an infrastructure cost per lot for each cell, as shown in the table below.

Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au to have a say.