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Ararat Rural City

Profile Performance

Provision of land use and development assessment services to applicants and the community including advice and determination of applications

Time taken to decide planning applications

Median number of days taken between receipt of a planning application and a decision on the application

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

57 days

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

54 days

All Councils (2018-2019)

69.6 days

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 58 days 45.63 days 70.43 days
2016-2017 81 days 49.37 days 72.54 days
2017-2018 67 days 51.21 days 69.69 days
2018-2019 57 days 54 days 69.6 days

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

Increased process and system improvements have been part of a concerted effort to increase processing times for planning applications. Council have achieved an improvement of 14.9% from last year, and are continuing to actively work toward a greater reduction in processing times.

Planning applications decided within required time frames

Percentage of VicSmart planning application decisions made within 10 days and regular planning application decisions made within 60 days

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

60.00%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

68.56%

All Councils (2018-2019)

70.17%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 75.00% 78.69% 69.56%
2016-2017 55.29% 78.27% 70.06%
2017-2018 58.33% 73.81% 69.63%
2018-2019 60.00% 68.56% 70.17%

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

A continued focus on resourcing and process improvement has resulted in an increase in the number of applications decided within the 60 day statutory timeframe, and 10 day VicSmart timeframe. Council has made it a priority to continue to increase this percentage by finding further efficiency within the process.

Cost of statutory planning service per planning application

Direct cost to council of the statutory planning service per planning application received

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

$2,976.70

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$2,599.26

All Councils (2018-2019)

$2,615.43

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $1,559.08 $2,139.74 $2,131.65
2016-2017 $2,227.40 $2,233.09 $2,311.71
2017-2018 $1,859.10 $2,466.62 $2,459.07
2018-2019 $2,976.70 $2,599.26 $2,615.43

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

The increase in direct cost of the planning service per application is due to contractors being engaged to reduce the backlog of planning applications that were not being assessed within the legislated timelines.

Council planning decisions upheld at VCAT

Percentage of council planning application decisions subject to review by VCAT that were not set aside

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

Not applicable for this reporting period

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

48.61%

All Councils (2018-2019)

52.64%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 100.00% 80.00% 66.75%
2016-2017 50.00% 65.38% 58.73%
2017-2018 Not applicable for this reporting period 65.67% 61.19%
2018-2019 Not applicable for this reporting period 48.61% 52.64%

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

Council have had no VCAT decisions in relation to planning applications.