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Kingston 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

Kingston City (2018-2019)

90 days

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

85.98 days

All Councils (2018-2019)

69.6 days

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Kingston City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 93 days 90.91 days 70.43 days
2016-2017 101 days 97.75 days 72.54 days
2017-2018 105 days 92.82 days 69.69 days
2018-2019 90 days 85.98 days 69.6 days

Kingston City Council Says...

Process improvements in 2018/19 have resulted in a significant improvement in the median time taken to decide planning applications.

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

Kingston City (2018-2019)

58.63%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

62.35%

All Councils (2018-2019)

70.17%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Kingston City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 53.94% 58.72% 69.56%
2016-2017 56.77% 58.83% 70.06%
2017-2018 45.26% 58.99% 69.63%
2018-2019 58.63% 62.35% 70.17%

Kingston City Council Says...

In 2018/19, the statutory planning service continued to focus on continuous improvement initiatives including rolling out paperless planning applications and implementing a new software solution. This has resulted in a significant increase in the number of planning applications decided within required timeframes.

Cost of statutory planning service per planning application

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

Kingston City (2018-2019)

$2,450.47

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$2,810.14

All Councils (2018-2019)

$2,615.43

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Kingston City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $2,733.93 $2,151.43 $2,131.65
2016-2017 $2,706.31 $2,469.69 $2,311.71
2017-2018 $2,885.90 $2,757.12 $2,459.07
2018-2019 $2,450.47 $2,810.14 $2,615.43

Kingston City Council Says...

Process improvements in 2018/19 have resulted in a reduction in the cost of the statutory planning service per planning application.

Council planning decisions upheld at VCAT

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

Kingston City (2018-2019)

41.18%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

52.54%

All Councils (2018-2019)

52.64%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Kingston City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 44.44% 58.19% 66.75%
2016-2017 35.71% 54.14% 58.73%
2017-2018 30.00% 56.56% 61.19%
2018-2019 41.18% 52.54% 52.64%

Kingston City Council Says...

Only a small percentage (51 of 901 or 5.7%) of Council's planning decisions were referred to VCAT in 2018/19. A number of these decisions were resolved at VCAT through consent or at mediation and, while these are reflected as decisions 'not upheld', Council considers this a good outcome as agreement was reached in mediation by all parties.