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Mitchell Shire

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

Mitchell Shire (2018-2019)

104 days

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

62.24 days

All Councils (2018-2019)

69.6 days

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 84 days 67.37 days 70.43 days
2016-2017 86 days 59.88 days 72.54 days
2017-2018 84 days 56.79 days 69.69 days
2018-2019 104 days 62.24 days 69.6 days

Mitchell Shire Council Says...

Council made 374 planning application decisions in the reporting period with a median of 104 gross days. Gross days is the total number of days an application is with Council from the date of lodgement to the date of a decision. Unlike "statutory days" prescribed by planning legislation, gross days includes the period when Council waits for further information from permit applicants if additional information is required. Therefore, the number of gross days taken to determine an application is typically greater than statutory days in cases when further information is required.

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

Mitchell Shire (2018-2019)

76.74%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

77.78%

All Councils (2018-2019)

70.17%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 82.94% 70.74% 69.56%
2016-2017 76.05% 76.73% 70.06%
2017-2018 77.06% 75.63% 69.63%
2018-2019 76.74% 77.78% 70.17%

Mitchell Shire Council Says...

Of the 374 planning application decisions made, 274 applications were decided within 60 statutory days, and 13 VicSmart applications within 10 days. Statutory days relates to set timeframes identified by planning legislation during the planning application process. This includes a time period of 60 days which enables a permit applicant to lodge an application for review at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) if Council exceeds this time period. Statutory days do not include the days when Council waits for further information from an applicant.

Cost of statutory planning service per planning application

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

Mitchell Shire (2018-2019)

$2,163.90

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$2,255.93

All Councils (2018-2019)

$2,615.43

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $2,237.63 $2,076.89 $2,131.65
2016-2017 $2,292.33 $2,211.57 $2,311.71
2017-2018 $2,606.68 $2,097.80 $2,459.07
2018-2019 $2,163.90 $2,255.93 $2,615.43

Mitchell Shire Council Says...

The cost per application for the service has decreased slightly and has returned to a rate consistent with previous years.

Council planning decisions upheld at VCAT

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

Mitchell Shire (2018-2019)

25.00%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

49.83%

All Councils (2018-2019)

52.64%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 50.00% 64.48% 66.75%
2016-2017 100.00% 66.30% 58.73%
2017-2018 33.33% 65.41% 61.19%
2018-2019 25.00% 49.83% 52.64%

Mitchell Shire Council Says...

In 2015/16, 2 of 4 decisions were upheld at VCAT. In 2016/17, 2 of 2 decisions were upheld. In 2017/18 1 of 3 were upheld. Now in 2018/19, 2 of 8 decisions were upheld. This is the largest number of applications made to Council in any financial year (within the reporting period), that have been referred to VCAT. In total, 10 appeals were initiated with VCAT in 2018/19 financial year, 2 being withdrawn by the applicant. This result was further impacted by more than the expected number of complex and/or contentious applications being made. That said, any change in the results of such a small number of decisions has a significant impact on our % result.