Development Contributions and Financial Contributions

Development contributions under the Local Government Act 2002 are largely replacing financial contributions under the Resource Management Act 1991. But development contributions have been a mixed blessing for local authorities and developers alike. The legistration was significantly amended at the end of 2014.

Local Authorities are faced with difficulties in drafting and applying development contribution policies. Vigorous challenges from developers have to be met with robust drafting. Shepherding the policies through consultation to adoption is a complex process, Brookfields Lawyers has proven expertise in helping councils to do this.

Developers in turn are scrutinising development contribution policies to ensure that they are applied efficiently and fairly. Brookfields' expertise in understanding these policies and how they should work and be applied allows us to give cost effective and practical advice to developers. Our involvement at an early stage of the process can save time and money.

What we do:

  • Negotiation of development contribution levels arising from consents
  • Drafting and reviewing development contribution policies
  • Appearing at appeal hearings for both local government and developers/ private clients in relation to financial contributions
  • Making submissions to central government on proposed amendments/reviews of legislative framework
  • Advising on strategies and alternatives
  • Advising on implementation of development contribution policies

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