Thursday 19 February 2015
Rural Councils require ongoing funding for the Planning Flying Squad
The Rural Council Planning Flying Squad was launched by the previous Coalition Government in November 2011 to provide specialist expert and technical assistance to rural and regional councils on issues such as major projects and developments, long-term land use issues, strategic plans as well as immediate planning support with planning permit and amendment work.
Should the Andrews Labor Government choose not to provide ongoing funding for the Planning Flying Squad, rural and regional councils will lose invaluable access to:
- Assistance with advice, discussions and assessments regarding major project development proposals and applications;
- Assistance with Wind Farm applications;
- Targeted advice and / or assistance with longer term land use issues and plans for the municipality;
- Help to process planning scheme amendments and authorisation requests in peak periods or when council planning officers are not available;
- Occasional assistance to help process planning permit applications to enable councils to meet 60 day statutory timeframes in peak periods or when council planning officers are not available;
- Preparation of draft submissions/presentations to VCAT; and
- Preparation of draft submissions/presentations to Planning Panels Victoria.
Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government, David Davis, today called on the Andrews Government to guarantee ongoing funding for the Planning Flying Squad.
“Planning processes will be severely curtailed for small rural Councils in particular, should this vital assistance be defunded.
“Daniel Andrews must provide ongoing funding for the Planning Flying Squad if the planning process in rural and regional is not to grind to a halt,” Mr Davis said.