Flawed Cases File

Flawed planning application assessment & enforcement cases – SOS needs your input!

In this section is a series of case summaries highlighting various flaws in the planning assessment process. We need your help in documenting as many cases as possible to help with our efforts for planning reform.

The conclusions of the report by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office in May 2008 support the experience of SOS and countless residents that council decision-making in most development application (DA) assessments is flawed:

The report found that in 78 per cent of cases examined, the assessment of planning permit applications by councils did not give sufficient consideration to the requirements of the Act, the relevant planning scheme or both. While the area of officer assessment was of most concern, deficiencies in most other stages of the permit process were also evident. The extent and significance of concerns relating to the processing of planning permit applications by councils indicates that a multi-pronged, system-wide approach is needed to raise the standard of statutory planning in councils.

Here is a list of common problems with the Development Application assessment process in Victoria: Common Problems to be Aware of

 

18 Flawed Development Application Assessment and Enforcement cases – City of Yarra (early 2000’s):   13 page summary

NB:   These examples of flawed statutory planning process were referred to the 2004 Yarra Council Planning Audit, but only 5 were considered and the process issues they raised were ignored

 

This is one of a series of case summaries highlighting flaws in the planning assessment process.  We’d like your help in documenting other cases to help our efforts for planning reform. Please contact us via the website if you can provide details of your particular case!

 

Footnote:  Other more recent cases from other municipalities will be added shortly