Growth Planning is publicly exhibiting a draft Planning Agreement with HOLCIM (Australia) Pty Ltd that relates to the Dubbo Quarry Continuation Project at 22L Sheraton Road, Dubbo.
The purpose of the Planning Agreement is to facilitate monetary contributions for road impacts as a result of heavy vehicle usage on local roads.
Council will receive:
- $600,000 as a lump sum within one year of the development consent being operational.
- 10 cents per tonne of product transported from the new extraction areas. This is payable twice per year.
- The funds will be used for the maintenance of Sheraton Road along the proposed transport route for the development.
The draft Planning Agreement and Explanatory Note are on public exhibition until 9am, Monday 9 October 2023.
On 28 January 2021, Holcim lodged a State Significant development application seeking consent for the construction and operation of two additional resource areas at the existing quarry, being the Western Extension Area (WEA) and Southern Extension Area (SEA). On 2 March 2023, the NSW Government Department of Planning and Environment approved the State Significant development application.
Further information about the approval can be found on the NSW Government's website at https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/projects/dubbo-quarry-continuation-project
Site development layout
A Planning Agreement is an agreement entered into between Council and a developer where the developer agrees to fund public amenities or infrastructure, dedicate land at no cost to Council, or provide monetary contributions or any other material public benefit, for a public purpose.
In accordance with Division 7.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, a public purpose includes any of the following:
- The provision of public amenities or services;
- The provision of affordable housing;
- The provision of transport or other infrastructure relating to land;
- The funding or recurrent expenditure relating to the provision of public amenities or public services, affordable housing or transport or other infrastructure;
- The monitoring of the planning impacts of development;
- The conservation or enhancement of the natural environment.
The use of Planning Agreements has increased as a result of their flexibility in allowing councils to capture public benefits outside the infrastructure contributions system.
The Towards 2040 Community Strategic Plan is a vision for the development of the region out to the year 2040. The Plan includes six principle themes and a number of objectives and strategies. This report is aligned to:
Theme: 2 Infrastructure
Objective: 2.2 Infrastructure meets the current and future needs of our community
Delivery Program Strategy: 2.2.5 Council maintains infrastructure and delivers services at the adopted service levels as agreed with the community
In accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 1998, written submissions received by Council containing personal information may be made public when the matter goes before Council for consideration, as it may be included in Council’s Business Papers. Persons have the right to remain anonymous if they so choose by refraining from submitting their personal information, however, the submission may be given less weight in the overall assessment and consideration of the draft Planning Agreement.