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Previous Development Application Policy:
Commercial and industrial development applications were determined under a system of ‘delegated authority’, whereby council officers could determine applications without the need to report to a Council meeting.
It was possible for a development application to be referred to Council in circumstances where:
- The proposed development involved significant departures from Council’s adopted guidelines or policies.
- Elected Councillors made a request for the application to be determined by Council.
- Significant public interest was generated by the application.
At Council’s February 26th meeting, a motion was presented:
- All new Industrial and Commercial Development Applications for AlburyCity come to full Council for decision; and
- That Development Applications that seek to modify Industrial and Commercial premises, with an estimated value of $50,000 or above, also come to full Council for decision.
At Council’s March 26th meeting, a rescission motion was presented to revert the previous meetings changes.
Though this rescission was carried, it was soon followed by an alternative motion.
The alternative motion was:
- Amend the Delegations of Authority from the General Manager to staff, Part 2, Item 83b as follows:
"To determine Development Applications (including applications made pursuant to Section 96 and Section 96AA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Subdivision applications as (a) above except in the following circumstances
- The application has an estimated cost of development greater than $500,000 (exclusive of applications for single residential dwellings); or
- The application involves a proposal for subdivision of 10 or more lots; or
- The application is the subject of more than 5 objections. “
- Be provided with a monthly report from staff listing lodged, determined and in progress Development Applications (including their type, description, address, value, and details of any requested variation from the DCP) that meet any of the following criteria:
- Any application with a total value greater than $100,000;
- Any application requesting variation from the Development Control Plan of greater than 5%;
- Subdivisions creating 4 lots or greater;
- Any objections received that have not been able to be resolved through redesign or mediation; and
- Any other significant developments in the opinion of the Planning department.
This motion was carried.