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  #1999958 20-Apr-2018 18:28
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Slightly different (possibly worse) situation but similar principle:


My brother-in-law just built in a semi-rural area near New Plymouth.  He applied to the local lines company for a power connection and was told the transformer couldn't handle anymore connections.  If he wanted to be connected he'd have to pay the cost of a transformer upgrade (~20k).  This new transformer has capacity to supply more than just by BIL, so any future connections won't incur that cost, but he doesn't own the asset he paid for (he's obviously no liable for ongoing maintenance\repairs, the lines company does that once installed).


At least in your situation what you are paying for only benefits you.





My parents had to do that. They had to pay for a transformer for servicing 2 other sections as well as their own when they wanted to connect up to power, even though they don't own it. So they had to pay for a transformer that was suitable for servicing 3 sections. They were however told that when the other two sections got connected, they would be reimbursed for the other people should have paid if it was split 3 ways, so they were told the cost wasn't as bad as they thought it was. In the years that followed one of the other properties connected up to it, and they got a small payment back for that. However the last property decided to go solar instead because they didn't want to pay all the fees associated with connecting to the grid, even though long term it would probably work out cheaper for them, and more reliable. IMO that was somewhat selfish of them to do that because IMO they should have shared the cost of infrastructure with the other neighbors, and they were only having to pay a 1/3 of the price as well. But that sort of thing is likely going to become more common, and will likely cause fixed line costs to increase over time as more people go off the grid, and you have less people paying for the infrastructure.

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  #2000168 21-Apr-2018 09:40
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All properties need at least one lateral, one driveway and berms mowed, so it makes sense to share the costs in order to have it all done evenly and smoothly by the same contractor, rather than each property doing it their own way. If anybody needs a lateral larger than everybody else, or a second driveway — only then it would make sense to get them pay for that.





When you say it that way, it does sound like common sense. However I think my council made us pay for the drive across the berm, even though they do own it. You're lucky your councils mows them.  My council says they will only mow them once the grass gets knee high.



Weirdly at our new place the previous owners (who built it) had to do the standard driveway installation but that continues to be owned by the house owner. So we are responsible for the driveway until it meets to roadway, while the council is responsible for the footpaths on either side but not the section that crosses over the driveway. First time I've seen that.

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