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At its March Ordinary Council meeting Leeton Shire Council authorised the General Manager and Mayor to commence negotiations for a Voluntary Planning Agreement with Photon Energy with regard to developer contributions being applied on the proposed Solar Farm on land in Fivebough Road, Leeton.
The development involves the establishment of approximately 102,000 photovoltaic panels which have a maximum power output of 25.77 megawatts of renewable electricity.
The proposed solar farm development by Photon Energy has a capital investment value of $24 million which under Council’s s94A Fixed Levy Plan will attract a levy of 1% of development costs adjusted for CPI over the life of the project resulting in a contribution of $240,000.
Photon Energy advised Council that they would be seeking a reduction in the s94A levy fees (development contributions) applicable to this development.
Council’s Director of Environmental and Community Services Garry Stoll said in his report to Council that with regard to a similar solar farm that was built in Parkes Shire, Parkes Shire Council successfully negotiated with the developer a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act which resulted in the developer contributing an annual amount of $10,000 to the Parkes Shire Council for the life of the development. This option was one of the three proposed to Leeton Shire Council and subsequently adopted.
Mayor Cr Paul Maytom further added that entering into a “Voluntary Planning Agreement” as described could yield a similar amount as the full s94A levy but stretched out over time.
“I think a VPA is a win-win in this circumstance. An outright discount would undermine the success of the s94A Fixed Levy Plan and could also establish a precedent that may financially disadvantage Council and the community, through delaying or preventing the identified planned public facilities for upgrade such as the Leeton Swimming Pool, Public Domain Upgrade, Roxy Theatre and Community Renewable Energy Generation Scheme which are to be the beneficiaries of levies collected under our Fixed Levy Plan.”
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