When do Planning Applications go to Council Meeting?
If a Planning Application has been submitted to Council, there is a possibility that it may be required to be presented at a formal Council Meeting for a decision.
Common scenarios of applications that may be required to go to Council Meeting include:-
Large and Complex Development Applications
Controversial Developments and / or land uses;
Applications that are not in accordance with local and / or state planning policies; and
Applications that are of interest to the relevant Ward Councillors (By way of discussion with objectors and / or applicant).
Applications located within a Green Wedge Zone.
What is the Council Meeting Process for a Planning Application?
If a Planning Application has been flagged for a Council Meeting Decision, it will be placed on the "Planning Committee" Agenda. The Planning Committee Meeting is an information session for Ward Councillors where they will be briefed on each individual planning application that has been earmarked for a Councillor decision. During this process the Ward Councillors will advise if the application should proceed to a Formal Council Meeting or whether the application can be decided under delegation (Signed off by an authorised senior planning officer).
If the Councillors advise that the application can be decided under delegation, the Planning Officer Recommendation will be considered by an authorised senior officer, and a decision will be issued.
If the Planning Application is to proceed to a Formal Council Meeting for a decision, it will then be placed on an "Ordinary Council Meeting Agenda". The officer recommendation will then be considered by all Councillors at this meeting, and a decision made. The City Development team will then issue a decision in accordance with the minutes from the Ordinary Council Meeting.
For more information on Planning Committee Meeting, and Ordinary Council Meeting dates, agendas and minutes, please Click Here.
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