A Property Council survey shows the majority of local councils in Perth are not providing their communities with a clear vision for growth. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Report slams Perth planning

The bulk of Perth’s local governments are missing the mark on long-term strategic planning, according to a new Property Council report into the sector.


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As a private developer Builder we are constantly faced with long drawn out process with planning dept's. Often we have had to force an appointment with planning thru the Council CEO before we receive a response as to why we are being faced with extended delays. Often we are told the person who is dealing with this is on leave or days off, and even when we are told someone will call you back this never happens. We have experienced delays where during a face to face meeting at Council offices the person isn't sure what the problem is and then when we find out it is such a trivial matter, however are forced to correct and resubmit an amended application when the issue could have been resolved much earlier. They just don't realize the financial implications of the holding costs, loss of profit etc

Too many councils-should only be 5-east,west, north, south and central. Developing housing estates hodge podge with no commensurate employment opportunities, leads to massive traffic/transport issues during peak times.

Too many councils and different standards considering the small population of WA. KPI needs to be set for remaining Councils and the expense of each Council should be a ratio to the population within their area of control. This is to promote efficiency and planning for a positive and cost-effective outcome. Processing planning application within the necessary time frame should be the minimum KPI and target set at near 100%. Also this has limited relation to whether a Council has the ability to do commercially feasible and beneficial planning for the people.

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