Queensland high-growth councils commit to improving DA process to stimulate economic development

19 / Sep / 2013 | News

Nine high-growth councils across Queensland have joined with South East Queensland Councils to commit to improving development assessment process, commencing the Concept to Construction Development Assessment Innovation project.

The project, a partnership between the Council of Mayors (SEQ), the Local Government Association of Queensland and the Queensland Government, will offer improved certainty for the development industry and help to stimulate jobs and economic growth.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Graham Quirk says the project will leverage off best practice solutions and ideas to create efficient assessment and approval processes, at the same time ensuring good-quality and long term outcomes for communities.

“The Concept to Construction project is the largest and most comprehensive reform of development assessment process that any state has undertaken and it is fitting that it is led by local government – the level of government that is closest to the community,” said Cr Quirk.

“The project focuses on stimulating economic development, building confidence in DA process, cutting red tape and bringing a renewed focus on risk management.

“The Concept to Construction project will discover the best ways of assessing and approving new developments and apply these across the state to help ensure new housing and commercial development is completed and ready for sale as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

The first phase of the project is underway with councils benchmarking their DA services against the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Development Assessment Framework of Leading Practice, a document that aims to bring a world leading standard to DA in Queensland.

Ten SEQ Councils, including Brisbane, Redland, Ipswich, and Logan City Councils and Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba Regional Councils, along with Cairns, Tablelands, Townsville, Whitsundays, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Gympie and Southern Downs Councils are involved in the project.

The Queensland government has contributed $200,000 to the project while participating councils will contribute an additional $250,000. The project will run over the next 12 months.