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Today, the Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to endorse the Development PartnershipProcess for complex applications for implementation by Council’s Development Assessment Team.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said this will allow for complex development applications to be streamlined by Council and will also assist in reducing delays in delivering complex projects.
“The Development Assessment Innovation Project enables Councils to implement innovativedevelopment assessment systems, by leveraging off proven development assessment bestpractice in Queensland Local Governments,” she said.
“This innovative process was developed in partnership with the Queensland Government andLocal Government Association of Queensland and involves working with developers in the pre-application process to ensure a smoother approval process for the life of the project.
“The Development Partnership Process allows greater certainty upfront which provides anenhanced pre-application process.
“The right information at the right time ensures relevant information and reports are providedthrough the Development Management Plan rather than further information being request.
“The Development Partnership Process for Complex Applications will assist to streamlineoperations for all stakeholders for a complex application,” she said.
The Development Management Plan will include:
• Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by both parties• Council and developer to work through potential assessment areas and establish a priorityand timing for addressing the issues;• Council and developer to work though each issue through a series of Working Group FocusMeetings to address each key issue;• Final decisions on each of the issues will be captured and summarised including theconditions to be applied where applicable;• Upon completion of the DMP with all issues and agreements captured, the developer andManager-Development Assessment will sign the document. A copy is provided to thedeveloper and• The application is formally lodged including a copy of the signed DMP with relevantsupporting documentation (such as forms, agreed reports and plans);
The Development Assessment Team’s intention is to commence the Development PartnershipProcess for Complex Applications including the entering into Memorandums of Understanding and Development Management Plans.
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