Strategy and Planning Portfolio Councillor Russell Green said the incentives being offered are to get employment generating projects happening sooner.
“Council has targeted the incentives to support local business and attract new investment,” Councillor Green said.
“We have removed any perceived or actual hindrances to worthwhile commercial development.
“It’s a balanced approach that will ensure the Sunshine Coast remains a great place to live.”
The changes commenced on 1 July and are in place for the 2012/13 financial year.
Pre-lodgement meetings are now held free of charge. This is a valuable opportunity for potential applicants to meet with council staff prior to lodging a development application. Make a pre-lodgement booking on 5475 7526 or 5475 PLAN.
Development application fees have been reduced by 5% for all commercial, business and industrial land uses. All of the uses listed under the headings of Business and Commercial Use and Industrial Use are included in the 5% reduction.
Development application fees have been reduced by 25% for seven selected land use types. The reduction is a fee rebate issued when use starts within two years. The rebate applies to approvals issued after 1 July 2012. The seven applicable land uses are:
- Medical Centre
- General Industry
For more information about changes to the 2012/13 fee structure visit council’s website.
To find out more about council’s development services call our dedicated planning phone number or drop into one of the service counters. During business hours visit council offices at 10 First Avenue in Maroochydore or the Nambour, Tewantin and Caloundra offices. Council has a telephone number specifically for development application enquiries, 5475 7526 or 5475 PLAN.