Planning & Development

Planning is the process of researching, analysing, anticipating and influencing orderly and proper change, growth and development activity in the District Council of Grant area.  Planning guides and manages the way urban and rural communities are developed, ensuring that they are good places in which to live, work and play.  Planning involves making decisions about land use proposals and other types of developments, balancing the needs of the community with social, economic, physical and environmental issues.

The Council’s Development Plan guides and controls all development activity in the Council area.  The Development Plan is to be replaced by a new Planning and Design Code in 2020.

Development Approval is a legal requirement which is there to protect individuals, neighbours, the community, and the environment.  Development Approval is required to ensure that development activity in the Council area is consistent and in accordance with planning policy and building requirements.  Development Approval can be made up of one or more types of consent, being Development Plan Consent (planning consent), Building Rules Consent, and Land Division Consent.  Development Approval is not granted until all other required consents for a development are obtained.  

Relevant legislation includes the Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008; and the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.