DA approvals: Wollondilly fastest in metro area

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Wollondilly Shire Council has the fastest approvals for development applications in Greater Sydney, with an average of 53 assessment days, according to a new league table published by the State Government this morning.

The league table shows council performances in regard to lodgement and determination of development applications.

Wollondilly was in top spot, despite having the fourth highest number of determinations.

 “I’d like to congratulate the staff at Wollondilly Shire Council for achieving this fantastic result,’’ said Mayor Matt Gould said, pictured above with members of the council development services team.

“The development approval process relies not only on our fantastic development services team, but many other teams across the organisation, from customer service to waste and environmental services, assets, transport and engineering, and many others who support their efforts.

“In recent years we have implemented a number of improvements to our service, such as employing a full time duty planner and a planning portal officer.

“We have introduced an online booking system for appointments with the duty planner, and we will soon be rolling out an online booking system for inspections as well.

“I am pleased to see this NSW benchmarking in place so we can see what we have achieved, and to inspire us to continue improving even more,’’ Mayor Gould said.

“We are currently doing some exciting work in the AI [artificial intelligence] space to help make the processing of our development application processes even more accurate and timely.

“Our recent DA service review is already playing dividends, and we will continue to look at ways of refining what we do.”

Link to the interactive NSW Government table https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/policy-andlegislation/housing/faster-assessments-program/councilleague-table

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