Council negotiator optimistic about getting workable financial contributions regime in place
Rodney District Council has a new timetable for its proposed new financial contributions regime, plan change 62.
Grant Kirby tried to push through a solution in his last days as Rodney commissioner in April, offering developers a threat they knew he couldn’t match with action.
But the council’s environmental services group manager, Geoff Mears, told the council today a new programme had been put together with the aim of finalising a consent order between council and developers by 30 June.
Six years after former council general manager Brian Sharplin set out to create a payments framework for developers to make appropriate contributions to meet the costs of their projects on infrastructure, the new set of Rodney councillors nearly derailed the process again today.
Cllr Bill Smith wanted some amendments to the resolution that would have seen the council’s chief executive signing the consent order without its first going before councillors. He wanted a workshop for councillors to understand the plan change before the order was signed, a suggestion which had chief executive Wayne Donnelly recoiling.
If the game plan changed at the end, he said, “I think the developers will have less confidence in the process than they do now.”
The timetable, with a 30 June consent order target agreed to by councillors, starts with a 6 June target date to finalise the capital works schedules and proportions of their costs on which financial contributions will be based, and to finalise the methodology and a procedural manual for apportioning capital works costs to developer financial contributions.
The wording to appear in the plan change is to be agreed a week later. The role and composition of an audit group, to scrutinise the application of the agreed methodology to the capital works schedules, are to be decided by 20 June.
Mr Mears said the programme was about a week behind, but he believed the final target date could be met. The proposal of a methodology is keenly awaited by council around the country, which have been relying on Rodney to put together its scheme rather than setting out to do the same thing themselves.