After an internal review, Mansfield Shire Council will seek to remove a requirement that has hamstrung development by individuals and property developers in some parts of the Shire, frustrated applicants and delayed approvals processes.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Mark Holcombe said Council resolved to adopt the Mansfield Planning Scheme Development Plan Overlay Review, and to implement the findings of that review into the planning scheme.
“The purpose of the Development Plan Overlay is to co-ordinate development in areas where there are larger parcels of land in multiple ownership, to guide future use, subdivision and servicing needs. When the overlay is applied, Council cannot issue any individual planning permits until a development plan has been prepared and approved,” Mayor Holcombe said.
“The review found that there were many issues with the overlay being over-applied in the previous Delatite Planning Scheme (1999) to smaller sites and excessive areas. As a result, we are proposing to remove the overlay from sites in the Barjarg, Bonnie Doon, Goughs Bay, Mansfield, Merrijig, Merton, Sawmill Settlement and Tolmie areas that are either already developed or where the overlay is no longer required to guide future use, development, subdivision and servicing,” he said.
“We are also proposing to revise some of the schedules within the overlay to make them more relevant and streamlined, including the provision of updated and simplified development plan requirements and exemptions from the need for a development plan before a permit may be granted.
Mayor Holcombe said the change will provide economic benefits for the Shire through streamlined approval processes for landowners and applicants while at the same time reducing Council expenditure, time and resources.