Bushfire planning applications are, and will remain, a priority for East Gippsland Shire Council as more residents impacted by the summer’s bushfires look to rebuild.
Council’s General Manager Place and Community Jodie Pitkin said as the clean-up program progresses the volume of planning permit applications, as expected, was increasing.
“To date, our planning team has received 42 bushfire rebuild planning permit applications. Of those 42, 24 have been approved, 1 permit was not required, 3 have been for temporary accommodation, and 14 applications are under assessment,” Ms Pitkin said.
“It’s anticipated that with appropriate planning and provision of accurate information that rebuild applications should be able to be processed inside of 6 weeks.”
Some applications will be straightforward and others more complex.
“Our commitment is to carefully step through the process with each applicant to ensure applications meet the standards of today,” Ms Pitkin said.
“We understand there can be frustrations as some people navigate the complexities of planning by themselves. That’s where our bushfire planning support service is a valuable resource for anyone considering a rebuild.