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The process to apply for a reconsideration of a development contribution assessment is set out below.
Download and complete: Request for reconsideration of Development Contributions
The Reconsideration Request must be made:
If further relevant information is required from the applicant before we can make a decision, a further information request will be sent in writing to the applicant as soon as possible after the reconsideration request is received.
No reconsideration request will be accepted by Council if it is received after the 10 day period above, or if an objection has been lodged under section 199C of the LGA. The applicant will receive written notice if the request for reconsideration cannot be made for one of these reasons. The Council reserves the right to reconsider an assessment if it believes an error has been made.
Section 199A of the LGA provides that a request for reconsideration may only be made on the following grounds:
If the Reconsideration Request meets one or more of the ground(s) for reconsideration the Council will reconsider its development contributions assessment, and give written notice of the outcome of the reconsideration within 15 working days after the date all relevant information required by the Council (including any information that Council has requested under a Further Information Request) is received.
A new formal objections process has been introduced under which a person who has been required to pay a development contribution can object to the assessed amount of the development contribution.
Objections will be decided by development contributions commissioners selected by Council from a register of commissioners appointed by the Minister of Local Government.
Under section 199D an objection can only be made on the grounds that a territorial authority:
Objections are lodged with the Council which is then responsible for administering the objections process and selecting and supporting the development contributions commissioners.
It should be noted that the Council has the ability to recover costs incurred by it from the objector, including the costs of:
If you wish to lodge an objection, please complete the application for objection form and send it with any relevant supporting information by email to:DCenquiry@waipadc.govt.nz, or post it to Waipa District Council.
Further information on these processes, including a series of factsheets can be found on the Department of Internal Affairs website.
For more information please email DCenquiry@waipadc.govt.nz or call us on 0800 924 723.