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Whitehorse 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

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

53 days

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

75.32 days

All Councils (2020-2021)

67.32 days

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 81 days 92.82 days 69.69 days
2018-2019 67 days 85.98 days 69.6 days
2019-2020 62 days 75.98 days 65.41 days
2020-2021 53 days 75.32 days 67.32 days

Whitehorse City Council Says...

This is a strong result which is substantially lower than the metropolitan average, owing to improvements in internal processes to enable faster processing times.

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

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

59.73%

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

72.09%

All Councils (2020-2021)

73.20%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 44.40% 58.99% 69.63%
2018-2019 37.97% 62.35% 70.17%
2019-2020 44.59% 69.90% 73.97%
2020-2021 59.73% 72.09% 73.20%

Whitehorse City Council Says...

Council has continued to make significant improvements to the number of VicSmart decisions made within time, which has nearly doubled from 233 in 2019/20 to 452 in 2020/21. The time taken to appropriately assess larger complex applications coupled with Council's ongoing commitment to community consultation often make it difficult to meet the 60 day timeframe for decisions on regular permits.

Cost of statutory planning service per planning application

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

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

$2,175.56

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

$2,867.68

All Councils (2020-2021)

$2,483.12

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 $2,573.96 $2,757.12 $2,459.07
2018-2019 $2,288.70 $2,810.14 $2,615.43
2019-2020 $2,048.10 $2,916.38 $2,645.65
2020-2021 $2,175.56 $2,867.68 $2,483.12

Whitehorse City Council Says...

The increase in this indicator is mainly due to a reduction in the number of planning applications received in 2020/21 compared to the previous year. This is attributed to the slow down in development activity due to COVID-19.

Council planning decisions upheld at VCAT

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

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

47.06%

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

58.80%

All Councils (2020-2021)

49.81%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 58.11% 56.56% 61.19%
2018-2019 56.90% 52.54% 52.64%
2019-2020 52.38% 60.84% 50.61%
2020-2021 47.06% 58.80% 49.81%

Whitehorse City Council Says...

There was a decrease in the number of planning decisions upheld at VCAT this financial year, which has been gradually reduced over the past four years. These results do not include successful negotiations through the compulsory conference process undertaken with Council. Council continues to try to resolve planning applications outside of VCAT's hearing process.