A proposal to make developers in the Narrabri CBD pay for any required car parking they do not already provide has been rejected by Narrabri Shire councillors.
At the February meeting councillors considered the draft Section 94 plan, the part of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act that allows councils to charge developers to provide public amenities and services that are generated as a result of the development.
It had been put out to public comment after the November council meeting, during which the main point of debate was for developers of CBD projects meeting the cost of ‘deficient’ car parking - for example if there were 10 car parks required and four already existed, the developer would have to pay for the other six.
This has been calculated at $1863 for each park. The council planned to use contributions to build a 27-space car park at Collins Park, which would cost about $50,000.
But at February’s meeting Cr Ann Loder successfully moved for this to be ditched.