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Discounts for developers to build more accessible homes

Brisbane developers will be offered the incentive of reduced infrastructure fees to build homes that meet safer “universal building standards” for older residents and people with disabilities, reports Brisbane Times.

One in five Brisbane residents either has a disability or lives with someone who has a disability.

The concept was first announced in the Brisbane City Council budget in June, with $2 million set aside to offset the reduced developers’ infrastructure charges.

Under the scheme, a developer can apply for a reduction of between $3000 and $5000 in infrastructure charges if they build homes that meet the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines for people with disabilities.

The council’s infrastructure charges vary depending on the type of dwelling being built and the services – water, storm water drains, sewerage services – that are provided. The incentive is designed to encourage developers to design and build a broader suite of housing types.

 

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