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Section 64 Charges for Car Wash - Request for Assessment outcomes

09-09-2020 11:31 AM
 
Singleton Shire Council
by Singleton Shire Council
Joined 01-01-0001 12:00 AM
Posts 4
Hello,
I am assessing an application for a 4 lane car wash in Singleton. There are a few issues which has prompted the need for a report to Council on the assessed charge. The assessment was done using Water Directorate's Guidelines and produced: Water
22.8 ET, Sewer 36.12ET and S64 charge of $269,103. This is a big ask but we are seeking to obtain figures from other Councils for comparison.
If anyone has completed assessment for car washes within the last three years, it would be greatly appreciated
if you can provide the assessed ETs and the $ amount charged. Also it would be good to know if anyone is using other methods of estimation of ETs other than the Water Directorate's. Please feel free to reply here or send me an email at pmckoy@singleton.nsw.gov.au.
Thank you.
Paul McKoy

Re: Section 64 Charges for Car Wash - Request for Assessment outcomes

09-09-2020 01:37 PM
 
Shoalhaven City Council
by Shoalhaven City Council
Joined 01-01-0001 12:00 AM
Posts 10
Paul,

I have sent one we did in 2016 by email. Let me know if you have any questions.

Matt Kidd

Re: Section 64 Charges for Car Wash - Request for Assessment outcomes

09-09-2020 01:55 PM
 
Singleton Shire Council
by Singleton Shire Council
Joined 01-01-0001 12:00 AM
Posts 4
Thanks Matt much appreciated.

Re: Section 64 Charges for Car Wash - Request for Assessment outcomes

09-09-2020 02:38 PM
 
Brendan Guiney
by Brendan Guiney
Joined 02-08-2019 03:32 PM
Posts 9
Hi Paul,
The Water Directorate's S.64 Guidelines were developed using data from numerous local water utilities in NSW which went through statistical analysis from the Western Research Institute. The April 2017 version of the Guidelines considered additional data from 18 car wash sites in regional NSW. I'll provide that to you by email.
Many Councils simply adopt the Water Directorate Guidelines as their ET calculation policy, even some agencies interstate such as TasWater in Tasmania. One example of a Council that has their own Equivalent Tenement policy is MidCoast Council: https://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Council/Policies-Library/Equivalent-Tenement-Policy. Their policy is silent on the specific category of car washes, meaning that an individual assessment would be required of the development. This involves Council requesting the developer to provide a report on their proposed water usage. Ideally this would be supported with evidence from similar existing facilities for the best assessment.
An area that isn't covered in the Guidelines is the negotiation of alterative payment arrangements. Tweed Shire Council have a policy which effectively converts developer charges into a 'High Usage Charge' per kilolitre via their water bills in lieu of upfront developer charges. Other time based payments might be an option subject to a detailed development condition stipulating payment terms or a separate Deed of Agreement. Any deferred payment arrangement should consider financial security such as a bank guarantee. Legal advice should be sought before considering alternative arrangements.
Regards,
Brendan Guiney | Executive Officer | Water Directorate
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