South East Queensland Councils have achieved a 58 per cent decrease in assessment time for low-risk residential development applications since the launch of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Target 5 Days project one year ago.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Graham Quirk said SEQ Councils had made good inroads to achieving the target of a 75 per cent reduction in low-risk residential development applications but this did not signal the end of improvements to development assessment timeframes.
“SEQ Councils are committed to delivering the most effective and efficient development processes in Australia,” Councillor Quirk said.
“We are well on the way to setting the benchmark in development assessment in Australia but we won’t be stopping there.
“SEQ Councils, with the Council of Mayors (SEQ), are continually looking for ways to facilitate good development in the right location, at the right time, to support economic and employment growth in the SEQ region.”
Launched in March 2011, the Target 5 Days project aims to streamline the residential development assessment process within councils to improve housing affordability in SEQ.
Regional Plan and Growth Management Committee Chair John Brent said the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Planning Reform Team had carried out a survey of low-risk residential development applications lodged with SEQ councils in 2011/2012.
“There has been a marked improvement in development assessment times for low-risk residential applications in SEQ Councils and we are working hard to consistently meet that target of a five-day turnaround,” Cr Brent said.
“Twenty-five per cent of the applications surveyed used the new T5 process and these applications were assessed on average in 22 days, with some processed in just 2 business days.
“All of the low-risk applications surveyed, including applications not using the T5 process, were assessed on average in 40 days, down from an average of 93 days before the introduction of the T5 process.
“The Target 5 Days project, by assisting people to submit well-made development applications, has also been able to reduce the number of applications requiring an information request, which can add significant time to the application process.”
The survey also showed that applications that received information requests were assessed faster, indicating that improvements have also been made in efficiency for applications that are not classified as suitable for the T5 process.