Cities range in rank­ings

REPORT HAS MIXED VIEWS OF OUR LO­CAL GOV­ERN­MENTS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.

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