Service performance indicators — Planning

The following service performance indicators are being monitored under Theme 1 – Liveable and Well Designed. A city that is easy to move around, with safe travel options and walkable neighbourhoods.

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Planning applications received and decided

This quarter there has been a reduction in applications received and this may be a result of the uncertainties of the current housing and lending market.

Active Applications continue to be lower than the previous financial year. This trend is likely to continue as the benefits of planning office process improvements are realised.

Decisions made in each quarter involve some applications lodged in the previous quarter.

Planning applications completed within 60 statutory days

The third quarter of 2018-19 saw a welcome improvement in the % of applications completed within 60 statutory days. This has been achieved whilst still engaging in more open communication with applicants to facilitate better planning decisions. This is reflected in broader improvements in other criteria including significant reduction in the number of appeals lodged.

Average statutory days

Whilst there was a slight increase in the average number of statutory days from the second quarter, it is tracking well against the previous year average.

Average gross days

We have seen a significant and pleasing reduction in the average gross days to determination in Q3 which is a positive trend. It reflects improved monitoring of gross days as a performance measure within the team.

Note: This measurement is in calendar days, not statutory days. It is extracted from the State Government Planning Permit Activity Reporting Systems (PPARS).

VCAT appeals and reasons for appeals

The number of appeals in Q3 has continued to be low. This demonstrates that our decision making is finding a reasonable balance between various stakeholder expectations.

Data source: Planning Permit Activity Reporting Systems (PPARS) – DELWP

VCAT decisions

There has been a significant drop in the number of VCAT decisions. This is due to increased negotiation by Urban Planning to achieve an appropriate outcome as part of the assessment process and greater policy direction with Council’s structure planning program. It also reflects the lower number of overall applications to VCAT seeking review of Council's decisions.

Trend in available housing stock

The majority of completed housing continues to be apartments of 1 or 2 bedrooms. Council's Structure plans seek to counter this imbalance and provide a greater diversity of housing across the municipality.

Note: Due to the conversion of systems from Pathway to VM online, no supplementary valuations were completed in August.

Average bedrooms per dwelling type

The average bedroom numbers per dwelling continues to remain at 3-4 for houses and 1-2 bedrooms per apartments but recent planning applications suggest that apartment sizes may be slowly increasing.

Estimated value of planning permits lodged

The impending federal election, softening of property prices and current lending conditions all impact on application numbers and sizes of developments proposed.

Data source: Planning Permit Activity Reporting Systems (PPARS) – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)