Planning permits take around half the time to be processed in Benalla Rural City as the rural average, according to a State Government report.
The Planning Permit Activity in Victoria Report from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure reveals that the average gross (total) number of days to make a decision on a planning application has improved from 60 days in 2012/13 to 54 days in 2013/14, and that the rural average is 101 days.
The percentage of applications assessed in Benalla Rural City within the statutory timeframe of 60 statutory days of 91% continues to outperform the rural average of 78%.
Planning results also indicate a surge of building activity in the Urban Growth Project area in Benalla West, with 56 residential lots created since the completion of the project in late 2013. The Council expects a further 26 lots to be released prior to the end of June.
“The Council is continuing its trend of improving the processes that help build our local community and economy,” said Mayor Cr Justin King.
“We have a system where planning applications can be dealt with efficiently, and this gives confidence to people wanting to build a home, a business, or expand an existing facility,” he said.
All Victorian councils forward monthly planning permit activity to the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure, and the information is collated yearly to form the Planning Permit Activity in Victoria Report.
Benalla Rural City had a total of 159 planning applications lodged between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014. Of these planning applications, 149 were new applications with 10 applications for amendments of existing permits.
Between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014, 136 decisions were made with 134 of those decisions being permits and two decisions resulting in refusal.
Enquiries about applying for planning permits should be directed to the Council’s Planning Department on 03 5760 2600.