Cities range in rankings
REPORT HAS MIXED VIEWS OF OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
WA local governments have been given mixed feedback from a Property Council of Australia report about their planning systems.
According to the organisation’s Property Council’s Benchmarking Perth’s Local Government Report, the City of Belmont scored 20.1 out of 23.
The council scored well because it had a current planning scheme that had been reviewed in the past five years.
City of Belmont acting chief executive Neville Deague said the council was pleased to see the acknowledgement by the Property Council of the City being one of the leaders in best practice planning performance.
“The council and its officers have over many years recognised the importance of aligning the City’s local planning strategies and Local Planning Schemes with the State’s planning strategies,” he said.
“Successive councils have supported this approach and with positive marketing as the City of Opportunity, and exceptional City of South Perth Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland. customer service, this continues to yield positive outcomes.
“The City must continue to work with its community to avoid complacency and strive to meet current and future demands that will achieve long term sustainability for the City.”
The City of South Perth did not score well as the council only earned a score of 9.5 out of 23.
City of South Perth Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland said the poor ranking The City must continue to work with its community to avoid complacency and strive to meet current and future demands did not reflect poor performance.
“Rather the test measures used are not a good guide to planning performance assessment,” he said.
“The quality of planning schemes, decision making and local strategies and how they fit with community expectations is more important than the date the scheme or strategy were first made.
“The City has been working on developing its Local Planning Strategy for some time. The Strategy is not yet endorsed and the ranking in the report merely reflects that.”
Mr Cridland said he was pleased that in terms of delegated approvals and percentage of applications dealt with in 60 days, their scores were 97.2 per cent and 88.5 per cent respectively which, he believed, showed a high level of efficiency in development approvals.
Town of Victoria Park chief executive officer Anthony Vuleta said the council had wanted to participate but it was short staffed at that time of the survey.
“The extent of information and research required to provide that information was significant and we made a decision to put resources towards service delivery for our customers,” he said.
“The Town is seen as industry leaders in many aspects of its development application assessment process and we feel we would have rated well against comparable councils.”
Mr Vuleta said council’s planning scheme had been gazetted in 1998 with over 70 amendments since then.