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How are development applications assessed?

Development applications are assessed by our Planning Team against the statutory planning framework, including the redevelopment scheme, development policies and design guidelines.

Applications are also referred to the relevant local and state government agencies for consideration and comment.

New buildings (except for single houses) are also considered by a Design Review Panel. The panel provides independent advice on whether the proposal meets the design guidelines.

Standard development applications are required to be assessed within 90 days or 120 days for major applications. These timeframes may be extended if the applicant needs additional time to prepare revised plans.

The value of the development determines who is the final decision maker on the application. The decision maker – or delegated authority - may be our Planning Team, the Land Redevelopment Committee (LRC), the Board or the Minister for Planning.

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