Development and Financial Contributions Policy

Population and business growth create the need for new subdivisions and developments, and these place increasing demands on the assets and services provided by Council. As a result, significant investment in new or upgraded assets and services is required. 

The purpose of the Policy is to ensure that a fair, equitable, and proportionate share of the cost of that infrastructure is funded by development. Council intends to achieve this by using:

  • Development contributions under the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA) to help fund growth related capital expenditure on transport and district wide benefiting community infrastructure in the city; and
  • Financial contributions under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), primarily to help fund growth related reserve and local leisure facilities, such as playgrounds.


Council’s Current Development Contribution Policy (effective from 1 July 2023)

View Council's Development and Financial Contributions Policy 2023 - 2024 here.(PDF, 1MB)

Previous Development Contribution policies

(PDF, 942KB)View the UHCC Development Contribution Policy 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2023 here(PDF, 942KB)


Draft policy consultation April 2024

Council is currently consulting on amendments to this policy as outlined below. This is concurrent to our Long Term Plan 2024 – 2034 (LTP) consultation (open 2 April - 2 May).

The Statement of Proposal for the draft Development Contributions Policy 2024 policy can be found in the LTP Supporting Information and you can make a submission on this draft policy using the LTP Submission Form here.

Key changes in the draft policy include:

  • Updated transport and community facility development contribution charges, reflecting the updated infrastructure programme and associated costs.
  • The inclusion of three waters (water, wastewater, and stormwater) activities, and associated development contribution charges.
  • Simplification of the local transport catchments and associated development contribution charges, which mainly affects a small number of rural residential areas.