Monitoring project vindicates major projects


The ‘overwhelming majority’ of development applications are being dealt with in a timely manner across Perth, according to the latest Local Government Performance Monitoring Project.

The Project reports on the planning and building functions of 19 metropolitan Local Governments over the 2017/18 financial year, encompassing over 90 per cent of Greater Perth Region’s total population.

The report found that 98% of all development applications were approved within statutory, with the majority of applications were approved under delegated authority.

“On average 97% of applications were approved under delegated authority, allowing Council officers to assess and approve applications, rather than being considered at a full Council meeting,” WA Local Government Association President Cr Lynne Craigie said.

Other key findings of the report include:

  • 98% of all applications were approved or responded to within the statutory timeframes (applications includes all planning development applications, subdivision referrals and clearances, building strata clearances (Form 26s and building permits). No change from the 2016/17 report.

  • On average 97% of applications were approved under delegated authority, allowing Council officers to assess and approve the application rather than being considered at a full Council meeting. This is a 1% increase from the 2016/17 report.

  • 99% of all Building Applications were approved within the statutory timeframes.

  • Seven Local Governments have a current Local Planning Strategy with nine currently reviewing their strategies.

  • Although a current Local Planning Strategy may not have been adopted, on average the group had seven Strategic documents that supported land use planning functions, either a Strategic Community Plan, Community infrastructure, Commercial, Housing, Environment, Economic, Transport, Activity Centre, Heritage or Open Space Strategy.

  • Fourteen of the Local Governments had reviewed, consolidated or undertaken an audit of their Local Planning Scheme in the last five years.

  • In 2017/18 the Local Governments finalised an average of five scheme amendments, taking an average of 20 months to complete.

  • On average, 40% of an amendment time is with the WA Planning Commission or Minister for Planning or the Environmental Protection Authority, resulting in an average time that a Local Government has any control over the Scheme amendment process around 60%.

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