Coun­cil team fast-tracks de­vel­op­ment ap­provals

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY mayor Jennifer Whit­ney has com­mended Coun­cil’s town “Quick Hits” team for slash­ing ap­proval times for de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.

Cr Whit­ney said the Quick Hits team had been turn­ing low-risk do­mes­tic scale de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions around in sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced time­frames of be­tween 510 busi­ness days.

“This is a great re­flec­tion of the hard work Coun­cil’s plan­ning team have been car­ry­ing out to take our cus­tomer ser­vice to the next level,” she said.

“We have re­ceived very pos­i­tive feed­back from de­vel­op­ers and plan­ners in the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity who are very happy with the quick turn­around for their de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions [and] our town plan­ning team should be com­mended on im­ple­ment­ing this in­no­va­tive process and per­form­ing these tasks above the statu­tory re­quire­ments.”

Cr Whit­ney said the Quick Hits team was just one of a num­ber of ini­tia­tives Coun­cil was putting in place which were re­sult­ing in sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in the cus­tomer fo­cussed De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Unit.

“At the end of the day, this is all about Coun­cil as­sist­ing de­vel­op­ers and builders to get on with their job and help stim­u­late the build­ing in­dus­try and lo­cal econ­omy,” she said.

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