While COVID-19 has impacted many sectors of the economy, it has not slowed the number of development and building applications being submitted to Tweed Shire Council – in fact there has been a significant increase in application numbers.
In the first four months of the 2020/21 financial year, the Council has received more than 380 development applications and 62 modification applications.
In 2019/20 a total of 883 development applications were received, resulting in the approval of development at a total cost construction value of more than $213 million.
Director of Planning and Regulation Vince Connell said staff were working at full capacity to keep up with demands, ahead of a busy pre-Christmas period.
‘It is a whole-of-Council effort, with the technical expertise of our Engineering, Sustainability and Environment, Parks and Active Communities and Waste units all being drawn upon,’ Mr Connell said.
Council determination times are currently tracking at a rate of 69 days for all development applications, which is below the State Government’s average target of 84 days.
The majority of development applications are for smaller and medium- scale residential developments, however Council also services the demands of a number of major approved and emerging development sites such as Kings Forest, Cobaki, Gales Kingscliff and Dunloe Park.
‘We expect application activity to continue to increase, particularly as Council adapts its lodgement systems through the NSW State Planning Portal,’ Mr Connell said.
‘However while meeting our performance targets may not be possible in the upcoming months, Council staff will be working hard to deal with your application as efficiently as we can, and ask for your patience as we work through any outstanding matters.’
Council is requesting that any development applications be received before Tuesday 8 December 2020 to ensure they are lodged into the Council system before the end of the year.
Any development applications received after this date may not be lodged until 4 January 2021.
From 1 January 2021 all development applications, complying development certificates and construction certificates must be submitted via the NSW Planning Portal.