Urban Enterprise is an industry leader in Victoria in the preparation and review of Development Contributions Plans (DCPs), and other infrastructure funding mechanisms as well as in the administration of development contributions. We have more than 25 years experience in this field and provide advice to State Government, Councils and the private sector.
We have been closely involved in the State review of development contributions in Victoria, and are well placed to provide advice to Local Government on opportunities for infrastructure funding through DCPs, standard levies and other mechanisms.
Urban Enterprise has also developed DevCAP© (Development Contributions Accounting Program). Utilising our extensive experience in this field DevCAP©, was developed to provide a user friendly solution to administer and implement development contributions.
Urban Enterprise has been engaged by the City of Greater Geelong over many years to prepare Development Contributions Plans (DCPs) for urban growth areas, including the four precincts of the Armstrong Creek Growth Area, as well as Jetty Road in Drysdale and the Lara West Growth Area. Urban Enterprise has also provided ongoing strategic advice to Council regarding internal governance and management of DCPs, culminating in the preparation of DCP Guidelines used to manage internal responsibilities, reporting, administration and accounting. Urban Enterprise continues to work with Council to provide advice on ongoing improvements to Council's systems and processes, including the use of Urban Enterprise's DevCAP software for DCP administration.
Urban Enterprise has assisted the Standard Development Contributions Advisory Committee and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in the introduction of a standard development contributions system in Victoria. Urban Enterprise provided detailed modelling of existing development contribution levies to inform the setting of standard levy rates, using our comprehensive database of Victorian DCPs across both metropolitan and regional settings. Urban Enterprise has also provided advice on the matters to be considered in the implementation of the new system.
Urban Enterprise prepared both the Cardinia Road Precinct and Officer DCPs in close consultation with the Cardinia Shire Council.
With a combined requirement for over $300 million in new infrastructure expenditure and spanning multiple charge areas, these DCPs were groundbreaking in several ways including the creation of a greatly improved mechanism for the application of financing costs to a DCP, a system which has been credited with greatly improving the administration process for both council and developers alike.
The Cardina Road Precinct DCP was recognised with an award from the Planning Institute of Australia - Victoria Division as ‘providing a best practice approach for future Development Contributions Plans in Victoria’.