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Surf Coast 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

Surf Coast Shire (2018-2019)

63 days

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

62.24 days

All Councils (2018-2019)

69.6 days

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Surf Coast Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 90 days 67.37 days 70.43 days
2016-2017 48 days 59.88 days 72.54 days
2017-2018 48 days 56.79 days 69.69 days
2018-2019 63 days 62.24 days 69.6 days

Surf Coast Shire Council Says...

The number of smaller applications reduced resulting in the median time changing.

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

Surf Coast Shire (2018-2019)

83.93%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

77.78%

All Councils (2018-2019)

70.17%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Surf Coast Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 56.02% 70.74% 69.56%
2016-2017 71.02% 76.73% 70.06%
2017-2018 78.73% 75.63% 69.63%
2018-2019 83.93% 77.78% 70.17%

Surf Coast Shire Council Says...

Improved efficiency in processing combined with lower number of applications received resulted in a higher percentage of applications decided within required time frames.

Cost of statutory planning service per planning application

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

Surf Coast Shire (2018-2019)

$2,909.65

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$2,255.93

All Councils (2018-2019)

$2,615.43

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Surf Coast Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $1,471.71 $2,076.89 $2,131.65
2016-2017 $1,141.63 $2,211.57 $2,311.71
2017-2018 $1,480.98 $2,097.80 $2,459.07
2018-2019 $2,909.65 $2,255.93 $2,615.43

Surf Coast Shire Council Says...

Less applications received in the year increased the cost per application.

Council planning decisions upheld at VCAT

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

Surf Coast Shire (2018-2019)

46.15%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

49.83%

All Councils (2018-2019)

52.64%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Surf Coast Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 76.47% 64.48% 66.75%
2016-2017 80.95% 66.30% 58.73%
2017-2018 50.00% 65.41% 61.19%
2018-2019 46.15% 49.83% 52.64%

Surf Coast Shire Council Says...

During 2018-19 Council received a total of 622 planning applications. Of these 13 matters were referred to VCAT for review. This is the lowest number over the last four years. Of the 13 decisions made by Council, 7 decisions were set-aside (overturned). The reasons for these matters being set aside were varied. Due to the variable nature of matters it is difficult to use percentages reported as a reflection of Council's performance.