Council moves to reduce development application times

Tweed Shire Council

In recognition of the urgent need to reduce development application (DA) times, Council is embarking on a concerted program to address the backlog.

The DA Backlog Reduction Program is recognition by Council for the need to tackle a problem which is state-wide and has been compounded by a number of factors.

Tweed is not alone when confronted by a high number of undetermined DAs however Council has identified a number of measures which it hopes will deliver a more manageable, efficient workload over the next 6-12 months.

After consultation with the local development industry, strategies put forward to Council by Council officers were endorsed at the 2 June Planning Committee meeting.

To achieve strategy goals, a cooperative effort between Council and the development sector was developed, resulting in certain trade-offs of current Council assessment services.

These include:

  • Council officers providing a greater focus on problem solving regarding any technical and infrastructure delays between its DA assessment and internal referral units
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