2012-13 development figures released
Development activity in Albury increased by 3% in 2012-13, representing a total value of $149.2M to the city.
Council approved 908 Development Applications (DA) overall, which is a slight decrease on the previous year’s figures but is still 6% higher than the average achieved by 14 comparable regional Councils.
Council also improved its gross DA approval time from 35 to 33 days.
The figures were revealed in a report presented to Council’s Planning and Development Committee last night and Chair Cr Daryl Betteridge said the figures further reinforce Albury’s reputation as a leading regional Council for planning and development.
“We’re continuing to outperform most NSW Councils when it comes to DA approvals. On average a DA in Albury is approved in 33 days gross (24 days net). When compared with 14 similar councils AlburyCity is on average 44% faster in determining a DA, which makes us one of the best in the State.”
“These are great figures because it gives developers some certainty that they are dealing with a proactive and collaborative council. That’s really important in regional areas like Albury where new development and investment contributes significantly to the economy and local employment.”
“It’s also puts us in a really strong position when trying to attract investment to the area because they can come to Albury with the confidence that their applications won’t be slowed down by red tape.”
“Council has a real commitment to being responsive and community focussed when it comes to development in the city so we can achieve great outcomes for Albury. We’ve developed a strong customer service focus when it comes to development approvals and it’s great to see that continue in 2012-13.”
Snapshot - Major developments in 2012-13:
- Dean Street five storey residential flat building and strata subdivision: $12M
- Warren Street Aged Care Facility Extension: $4.8M
- Borella House alterations and additions: $4.5M
- New Classroom Blocks and Associated Amenities at Wewak Street Public School: $4.3M
- Murrayvale Retirement Village Extension: $3.5M
- Lavington Transport and Resource Recovery Depot: $2.6M
- Alterations and Additions to Albury Base Hospital: $2.4M
- Trinity College Science Centre: $1.5M
- Ebden Street 8 unit development: $1.5M
- Wilson Street Five Terrace Houses and Community Title Subdivision: $1.3M