Wakefield Regional Council

Record $8m approvals as Council streamlines development process

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9 January 2018

Wakefield Regional Council has approved more residential and commercial development applications for the region so far this financial year than in previous years.

As at the end of November, Council had approved 112 applications – almost twice the number at the same time last year (63) and up 40% on 2015 (80).

Chief Executive Officer Jason Kuchel said the ability of Council staff to cope with this increase in applications is reflected by Council’s commitment to constantly improve operations to deliver more effective and efficient services for the community.

“The Community and Development Services Team, headed by Christopher Parish, has undertaken more staff training and looked closely at the application process with an aim of streamlining the process from end to end,” Mr Kuchel said.

“So far this financial year we have approved applications with a total value of just under $8 million. Most of the applications have been new residential developments or additions to existing properties, such as a carports or home extensions.

“The more efficient our processes, the less stress for applicants and the quicker people can undertake their building work.

“Our development team is always happy to have a pre-lodgement discussion about planned projects too so people can approach their building or development activity with confidence.”

Mr Kuchel said the more development happening in the region, the better for the whole community.

“Council has plans to grow the region and encourage more businesses and home owners to join our community,” he said. “We’re excited to see the developments that will take shape in the rest of the financial year.”

For more information on planning and building approval visit Council’s website at www.wrc.sa.gov and go to Council Services > Development and Building or call our office on (08) 8862 0800.

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