VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week released the Annual Report on Planning Permit Activity in Victoria 2010-11.
According to the Minister, the report shows a general increase in most planning activity categories compared to the previous year, with total applications lodged up by 2.5 per cent.
The estimated cost of works for planning applications in Victoria for the 2010-11 period was a record $23.2 billion, representing an increase of 29.4 per cent on the previous year.
In releasing the Planning Permit Activity Report, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said the increase in planning activity reflects continued confidence in Victoria's economy.
"Given the challenging economic environment globally and at home it is important that we have an efficient and responsive planning and development sector," Mr Guy said.
"The Planning Permit Activity in Victoria 20010/11 report provides a formal point-in-time status of permit activity in Victoria."
Highlights of the report include:
- Total applications lodged: 57,280 (up 2.5 per cent)
- Estimated cost of works: $23.2 billion (up 29.4 per cent)
- Applications where public notice required: 41 per cent (up 9.8 per cent)
- Applications where further information requested: 40 per cent (up 9.9 per cent)
- Applications referred to a referral authority: 32 per cent (up 9.2)
- Median days for decision (statutory period is 60 days): 76 (up 4.1 per cent)
Since 2003, the Planning Permit Activity Report has been produced by a partnership between the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Department of Planning and Community Development from data electronically submitted each month by all Victorian local councils.
The Planning Permit Activity Report 2010-11 will be available shortly from the Department of Planning and Community Development website at <http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning>.