Stream­lin­ing the Ap­proval Process

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In a move to fur­ther re­duce bu­reau­cracy and red tape, last month the City of Bayswa­ter’s Coun­cil pro­vided del­e­gated author­ity to the City’s plan­ners to deal with an in­creased range of devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions that gen­er­ally com­ply with plan­ning re­quire­ments. The ini­tia­tive will re­duce the num­ber of reports to Coun­cil on statu­tory plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions by 57 per cent, which will speed up the ap­proval process for ap­pli­cants.

The new del­e­gated author­ity will mean that Coun­cil can fo­cus on more com­plex devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions and ap­pli­ca­tions that seek changes to her­itage build­ings or vari­a­tions to the re­quire­ment to pro­vide park­ing spa­ces.

Coun­cil’s ini­tia­tive en­sures that the devel­op­ment ap­proval process is more ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient. This ben­e­fits ratepay­ers and also helps to re­duce the cost of do­ing business within the City, which can be an im­por­tant fac­tor for small business op­er­a­tors.

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