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Horsham 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

Horsham Rural City (2018-2019)

55 days

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

56.26 days

All Councils (2018-2019)

69.6 days

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Horsham Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 51 days 56.34 days 70.43 days
2016-2017 50 days 55.01 days 72.54 days
2017-2018 39 days 52.15 days 69.69 days
2018-2019 55 days 56.26 days 69.6 days

Horsham Rural City Council Says...

In 2019 there was an eight month period where the Statutory Planning team only had one planner, therefore permits were processed over a longer timeframe.

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

Horsham Rural City (2018-2019)

76.72%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

77.75%

All Councils (2018-2019)

70.17%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Horsham Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 69.06% 79.05% 69.56%
2016-2017 65.76% 77.51% 70.06%
2017-2018 86.96% 80.07% 69.63%
2018-2019 76.72% 77.75% 70.17%

Horsham Rural City Council Says...

Staff departures at the start of the year resulted in the Statutory Planning team operating for eight months with only one planner.

Cost of statutory planning service per planning application

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

Horsham Rural City (2018-2019)

$2,770.27

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$2,717.54

All Councils (2018-2019)

$2,615.43

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Horsham Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $2,194.58 $2,240.01 $2,131.65
2016-2017 $2,456.04 $2,204.63 $2,311.71
2017-2018 $3,221.30 $2,345.17 $2,459.07
2018-2019 $2,770.27 $2,717.54 $2,615.43

Horsham Rural City Council Says...

Savings resulted from recruitment lag along with a cost reduction following a service realignment and clear separation of Council's Strategic Planning service.

Council planning decisions upheld at VCAT

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

Horsham Rural City (2018-2019)

50.00%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

63.38%

All Councils (2018-2019)

52.64%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Horsham Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 100.00% 78.04% 66.75%
2016-2017 0.00% 55.24% 58.73%
2017-2018 0.00% 67.26% 61.19%
2018-2019 50.00% 63.38% 52.64%

Horsham Rural City Council Says...

Two planning decisions were taken to VCAT in 2018-2019 with one decision upheld.