Gold Coast City Council has slashed assessment timeframes and associated costs for the developers of the Gainsborough Greens community through the implementation of a new development approval process for operational works and large subdivisions.
The Gainsborough Greens community at Pimpama was the first application of this type to be lodged and assessed under the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Development and Assessment Process Review – Operational Works and Large Subdivisions (DAPR-OWLS) initiative.
Gold Coast City Council Mayor Tom Tate said the results to date have been impressive.
“The application by Cardno on behalf of Mirvac for its Gainsborough Greens community at Pimpama was approved by Gold Coast City Council within 20 business days – a massive reduction from the regional average assessment timeframe of 364 business days,” said Councillor Tate.
“Gold Coast City Council is one of fourteen Queensland councils working together with the Council of Mayors (SEQ) to implement a range of planning reform initiatives that will reduce development holding costs, improve housing affordability and create more local jobs.
“By delivering efficient planning process we aim to be a facilitator of development in our region while still delivering quality planning outcomes for the community.”
Mirvac’s Development Director, Russell Berlee, said the partnership process enabled Gold Coast City Council and the developer to work together towards agreed solutions and planning outcomes in the lead up to the formal lodgement of the planning application.
“The new development approval process has meant that we had more certainty up front and we were able to avoid costs that are normally related to delays and redesign in the approval process,” said Mr Berlee.
“Instead of Council issuing information requests during the assessment process, potential issues were identified and resolved prior to the lodgement of the planning application.
“Projects like this deliver an efficient planning process and enable development within key growth corridors of south-east Queensland. The subsequent saving in time and cost enables more affordable product to be delivered to the market.”
The DAPR-OWLS project is part of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) and Local Government Association of Queensland’s ongoing commitment to planning reform.