Council has recently sought feedback about a proposal to introduce a Special Charge for the Pinewood Activity Centre.
The closing date for feedback was 4 September 2015.
Submitters had the opportunity to say whether they wished to appear before a Council committee to speak in support of their submission. The committee will hear any submissions at a meeting to be held at the Monash Civic Centre (293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley) on Tuesday 15 September, from 7.30pm.
Council will consider all submissions before deciding whether or not to introduce the proposed Special Charge. Council is expected to decide on this matter at its meeting at the Monash Civic Centre on Tuesday 29 September, from 7.30pm.
Enquiries: Economic Development on 9518 3577.
Details of the proposed charge
The Pinewood Chamber of Commerce has requested that Council re-introduce the charge, which has applied previously in the area.
The proposed charge is for the purpose of funding marketing, management, business development and other incidental expenses associated with the encouragement and development of commerce, trade and associated employment in the Pinewood Activity Centre.
Council considers that there will be a special benefit to people required to pay the proposed special charge because the economic viability of the Pinewood Activity Centre will be enhanced through increased commerce and business activity.
It is proposed that the Special Charge will apply to all rateable land primarily used or adapted, or designed to be used, for retail, commercial or entertainment purposes, being the following land, at ground level only:
- 1 to 71 Centreway
- 2 to 48 Centreway
- 407 to 443 Blackburn Road
- 478 to 484 Blackburn Road
- 445 Blackburn Road
The proposed Special Charge is to be $450 per annum for each rateable property comprising a single storey or ground floor premise at each of the above addresses. This amount won’t be subject to Consumer Price Index increases each year.
The Special Charge is proposed to be for a period of five years, beginning on 1 October 2015 and concluding on 30 September 2020.
The maximum amount of the Special Charge to be levied is $35,000 per annum. This equates to a maximum of $175,000 over a period of five years.
The proposed Special Charge will be levied by sending notices to the people liable to pay it. Payments are to be made either in four installments or by a lump sum, in accordance with Council's general rate collection process.