Corangamite Shire pushes to cut planning red tape

A council’s push to cut planning red tape is aimed at saving landowners time and money.

Corangamite Shire is currently exhibiting an amendment to its planning scheme that will fast track certain buildings without the need for a planning permit.

Planning and building services manager Greg Hayes said the C44 Amendment would let council “get out of the way” of landowners getting the most out of their property.

“Two of the big winners will be farmers who want to build a shed within 100 metres of a road, and landowners in the Low Density Residential Zone who want to build a shed or garage,” Mr Hayes said.

“In the farming zone, putting up a shed within 100 metres of a road currently needs a planning permit. This amendment will cut that back to 50 metres, so farmers can get on with business with less expense, paperwork and stress.”

The proposed amendment will also redirect certain applications relating to licensed premises and access to a road zone to the quicker and cheaper VicSmart permit process.

Mr Hayes said the VicSmart process cost $192 instead of $2000, and the landowner would have a decision within 10 business days.

The amendment also corrects the zone and overlay controls on 32 public and private properties that are inappropriately zoned and subject to needless permits and conditions.

It is expected that Amendment C44 will reduce the number of permit applications by up to 15 per cent and reduce the cost of other applications by hundreds of dollars.

View documents at the Civic Centre, 181 Manifold Street, Camperdown; www.corangamite.vic.gov.au/C44; or www.delwp.vic.gov.au/public-inspection. Submissions close August 6.