For all developments, the payment of a contribution is voluntary and will only be required if the developer chooses not to implement best practice WSUD treatment facilities on site.
The City of Greater Geelong’s Engineering Department acknowledges that for infill developments the implementation of on-site WSUD is not always the most practical, cost effective and environmentally effective means of achieving water quality.
Accordingly, for infill developments Council may accept contributions for WSUD in lieu of the developer designing and constructing the WSUD treatments on site. Council will use the contributions to design and construct large scale WSUD treatments within the municipality.
Such an outcome will be more cost effective for developers and an overall better outcome for the receiving waters.