In the Darebin Council Plan 2017-21, Council committed to creating a new municipal Development Contributions Plan, to ensure that the cost of required new and upgraded infrastructure is shared equitably between developers and the wider community as our City grows.

Planning Scheme Amendment C170dare proposes to action a new Development Contributions Plan for Darebin by bringing it into the Darebin Planning Scheme. The proposed DCP will place a levy on new development to help fund infrastructure for our growing community over the next 20 years.

Amendment C170dare was adopted by Council's Planning Committee on Monday 14 February 2022. Council will now submit the amendment to the Minister for Planning for consideration and approval.

A copy of the meeting minutes can be viewed on the Darebin website

What’s happened so far?

Council adopted this amendment at its Planning Committee meeting on 14 February, 2022. Council considered the planning panel report and adopted all recommendations except one. Please read the Council report for Planning Committee 14 February 2022 for further details.

Darebin’s previous Development Contributions Plan collected developer contributions between 2004 and 2014 and delivered a range of infrastructure projects. It is no longer charging a levy on new development but remains in place to allow levies previously collected to be expended on the Multi-Sport Stadium at John Cain Memorial Park in Thornbury. This will be replaced by the new DCP if approved by the Planning Minister.

At its meeting on 29 June, 2020 Council resolved to request authorisation from the Minister for Planning to start the Planning Scheme Amendment C170dare process to introduce the new municipal wide Development Contributions Plan (DCP) into the Darebin Planning Scheme.

On July 30, 2020 Council received authorisation to prepare Amendment C170dare from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, under delegation from the Minister for Planning.

The amendment was on public exhibition from 12 November to 14 December 2020 and community members and stakeholders were invited to make written submissions during this time.

A Council meeting was held on 22 March 2021 where Council considered all submissions and resolved to request that the Minister for Planning appoint an independent Planning Panel to consider Amendment C170dare.

Following the appointment of a Planning Panel, a Directions Hearing was held on Friday 16 April and a four-day Main Hearing was held on 24, 25, 26 and 28 May 2021.

Due to COVID-19 and the associated physical distancing requirements, the Panel Hearing for Darebin Planning Scheme Amendment C170dare was held by video conference .

You can view the expert evidence reports and Council’s Part A submission to the Hearing below.

Council's Part A submission

Council's Part A submission - Attachment 1

Council's Part A submission - Attachment 2

Council's Part A submission - Attachment 3

Council's Part A submission - Attachment 4

Alex Hrelja (HillPDA) Expert Evidence

Jason Black (Insight Planning) Expert Evidence

Following the conclusion of the Hearing, the Panel prepared a report with recommendations about the amendment for Council’s consideration.

Amendment C170dare Panel Report

What's happening next?

Council has submitted the amendment to DELWP for final consideration and approval by the Minister for Planning. Should the amendment be approved, it will be gazetted and come into effect in theDarebin Planning Scheme.

Council will write to all submitters and permit applicants when we receive a final decision from the Minister for Planning.

A copy of the meeting minutes can be viewed on the Darebin website.

You can follow the progress of Amendment C170dare through the planning scheme amendment steps on the right of this page

More information about the proposed Development Contributions Plan levy

Darebin’s population is expected to grow from 165,000 in 2019 to more than 230,000 in 2041 and new and upgraded infrastructure will be required to meet the needs of the future community.

A Development Contributions Plan is a common tool used by local governments to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure is shared between developers and the wider community on a fair and equitable basis.

What types of development will be affected by the proposed development levy?

If you have any questions about the proposed DCP, you can contact Simon Chitre on 8470 8324 or email

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.

Frequently asked questions can be found in our FAQ section.

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