What is involved in the assessment process?
The application is allocated to an Assessment
Officer who is responsible for the processing of the application up to the point
of completion of the Assessment Report.
Legislation requires that property owners adjoining
proposed development sites are given opportunity to comment on any aspect of the
Council also notifies Ward Councillors and Community
Submissions are considered during the assessment process
when it may be necessary to initiate a formal consultation process to address
and possibly resolve uncertain issues.
The applicant will receive acknowledgement of
the Development Application and advice of the Assessment Officers name and
Stage 4. Referrals
aspects of the development may require referral to additional professional
assessors. Your application will be referred, as necessary, to other State
Government authorities and to internal specialist staff for their assessment and
Once all information is received through the notification and
referral process the assessing officer will compile all the information. If
information is lacking, you will be sent an additional information letter within
21 days and the "Stop the Clock" will commence to allow completion of
information by you.
Stage 5. Site Inspection
Assessment Officer will undertake a site inspection to ascertain the possible
impacts of your proposal.
Stage 6. Assessment and Planning
Once all the relevant information is compiled the
Assessing Officer will evaluate your proposals compliance with development
controls, statutory requirements and any relevant objections made in
submissions. Once the Officer has made their assessment they will complete a
planning report on the development and make a recommendation as to whether the
development application should be approved or refused.
a development application and preparing a planning report, the Council Officer
must make an assessment of the following matters as set out under the
Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979:
(a) The provisions of:
(i) any environmental planning instrument, and
(ii) any draft
environmental planning instrument that is or has been placed on public
exhibition and details of which have been notified to the consent authority, and
(iii) any development control plan, and
(iv) any matters
prescribed by the regulations, that apply to the land to which the development
(b) The likely impacts of the development,
including environmental impacts on both the natural and built environments, and
social and economic impacts of the locality,
(c) The suitability of the
site for the development,
(d) Any submissions made in accordance with
the Act or the regulations,
(e) The public interest.
Stage 7. Determination
Council seeks to
ensure that all matters are considered equally when determining whether or not
to approve a development application. In particular the application will be
determined based on the nature of the development, its compliance with controls,
neighbourhood issues and Council's delegations.