In June 2011, the State Government announced the allocation of funding for a range of initiatives in response to the Building Revival Forum held in April. A proposal developed by the Council of Mayors (SEQ) and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) was successful in securing
a portion of this funding.
The project, known as Development Assessment Process Reform – Operational Works and Large Subdivisions (DAPR‐OWLS), was developed to further the planning reform agenda in Queensland.
The overall goal of the project was to achieve an average 25% reduction in assessment timeframes for large subdivisions and the majority of operational works applications.
The project achieved this goal through the following objectives:
- Improve the operational works assessment process (i.e. post development assessment) through a range of improvements that may include self and private certification approaches based on risk profiles;
- Develop tools and services that will provide greater certainty and reduce complexity of the
- Reduce holding costs of large residential developments through a range of process reform
- Apply a proven process reform methodology to development assessment activities in high growth councils across Queensland; and
- Ensure project outcomes deliver more efficient processes while maintaining the current level of quality.In particular, the project established an evidence‐based review of the current state of processes
and procedures for the delivery of subdivisions and operational works applications within each
participating council area.The DAPR‐OWLS project ultimately reduced the complexity of assessment, provided greater certainty and delivered a process which has the potential to reduce the overall holding costs of development in Queensland.