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Wellington 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

Wellington Shire (2019-2020)

37 days

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

61.66 days

All Councils (2019-2020)

65.41 days

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Wellington Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 58 days 59.88 days 72.54 days
2017-2018 42 days 56.79 days 69.69 days
2018-2019 39 days 62.24 days 69.6 days
2019-2020 37 days 61.66 days 65.41 days

Wellington Shire Council Says...

Council achieved a result of 37 for the median number of days between receipt of a planning application and a decision being made, which is significantly better than the Rural Average of 56 days.

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

Wellington Shire (2019-2020)

96.67%

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

77.58%

All Councils (2019-2020)

73.97%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Wellington Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 93.47% 76.73% 70.06%
2017-2018 97.76% 75.63% 69.63%
2018-2019 97.58% 77.78% 70.17%
2019-2020 96.67% 77.58% 73.97%

Wellington Shire Council Says...

The statutory timeframe for issuing planning permits is 60 days for regular applications and 10 days for Vic Smart applications. Council has achieved strong results with 94% of regular applications and 100% of Vic Smart applications being decided within specified time frames, compared to the Rural Average of 77% and 83% respectively. (Source: Wellington-June 2020 Planning Permit Activity Monthly Report produced by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Cost of statutory planning service per planning application

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

Wellington Shire (2019-2020)

$1,524.14

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

$2,253.70

All Councils (2019-2020)

$2,645.65

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Wellington Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 $2,265.12 $2,211.57 $2,311.71
2017-2018 $1,752.56 $2,097.80 $2,459.07
2018-2019 $1,857.42 $2,255.93 $2,615.43
2019-2020 $1,524.14 $2,253.70 $2,645.65

Wellington Shire Council Says...

Costs to deliver the statutory planning service in 2019/20 were similar to the year prior, but due to a higher number of planning applications being received in 2019/20, the cost to deliver the service has been reduced.

Council planning decisions upheld at VCAT

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

Wellington Shire (2019-2020)

100.00%

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

60.43%

All Councils (2019-2020)

50.61%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Wellington Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 100.00% 66.30% 58.73%
2017-2018 50.00% 65.41% 61.19%
2018-2019 100.00% 49.83% 52.64%
2019-2020 100.00% 60.43% 50.61%

Wellington Shire Council Says...

Only one planning decision was appealed at VCAT during 2019/20, with Council's decision being upheld by VCAT.