Councils reduce application times
THE LONG wait to have adevelopment application approved by the Kyogle Council has got shorter.
The Local Government Performance Monitoring Report, released yesterday, identified the council as one of 21 in NSW with an ‘extreme processing time’ of more than 100 days.
However, the good news is the processing time for the 2008 to 2009 period, on average 107 days, was 10 days less than the period before.
The report, compiled by NSW Planning with information supplied by councils, found general improvements in processing times across most councils.
Last year Ballina Shire Council processed 682 applications worth $90.8 million with an average processing time of 58 days.
Lismore City Council processed 562 applications worth $65 million with an average processing time of 54 days.
Richmond Valley Council processed 395 applications worth $59.5 million with anaverage processing time of 67 days.
Byron Shire Council processed 662 applications worth $143 million with an average processing time of 95 days.
Kyogle processed 163 applications worth $9.8 million.
The State average for processing of applications was 74 days, while the 56 best performing councils turned around their applications in under 50 days.
The best performing council was Temora Shire Council, north of Wagga Wagga, where the average turn around was just nine days.
Urana Shire Council, west of Wagga Wagga, averaged 10 days.
Berrigan Shire Council, south west of Wagga Wagga, averaged 11 days.
Hay Shire Council, averaged 16 days and Cootamundra Shire Council took 17 days. Across the State 71,638 applications were approved, valued at $18.5 billion.
The report showed 59pc of all applications were for new single dwellings or residential alterations.