More staff and technology for major project assessment
Central Coast Council will employ more staff and improve technology in an attempt to reduce development assessment times for major projects by 25 per cent, according to Central Coast Parliamentary Secretary Mr Adam Crouch.
He said the NSW Government was providing $350,000 for a new pilot program.
"This will enable large and complex projects to get up and running more quickly by cutting determination times from an initial baseline of 366 days to 275 days within two years," Mr Crouch said.
"More often than not the planning process is far too slow and this is why the pilot program will focus on expediting the assessment of 'regionally significant' development applications.
"The Government and Council need to be in lockstep with each other to create more housing and infrastructure in our region, which will create new jobs and help the Central Coast bounce back from Covid-19."
Development is considered of regional significance when the value is more than $30 million, or more than $5 million in cases where it is Council-related or lodged on behalf of the Crown.
Media release, 13 Jul 2021
Adam Crouch, Central Coast PS