Extra staff needed to deal with Byron DA boom

BYRON Shire Council is currently processing more than 200 development applications as it deals with a post-Christmas rush on top of an already busy 2015.

"We've had a significant jump in the number of development applications, particularly in the last six months," director of sustainable environment and economy Shannon Burt said.

"Development applications (DAs) have been up by about 10% and we currently have over 200 under assessment.

"The lead up to Christmas often sees a jump in DAs and since January 8, we've already had 17 new applications submitted.

"To help with the increased requests, additional staff resources have been put in place.

"Provided the applicant has provided all the necessary development information, we're still aiming to achieve an assessment within the statutory turn-around time of 40 days."

In the Ballina Shire someone applying for an extensions or minor additions to their home can expect the approval process to generally take two to four weeks, the council's developmental group manager, Rod Willis, said.

For a granny flat the wait time moves out to four to eight weeks as the council applies a notification process to the application.

This gives neighbours time to reply to the DA.

A development that does not comply with the council's standards can expect a process time of around four to eight weeks.

Acting general manager at Lismore City Council, Simon Adcock, said the wait for an approval for a home extension or a granny flat was about 40 working days.

A development that impedes views, changes land use of traffic flows will extend its approval time.

"These issues can get political," Mr Adcock said.

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