Valley?s $85m DA blitz



DEVELOPMENT applications worth more than $31million have been received by the Clarence Valley Council this year.

Figures presented to a meeting of council yesterday showed that since July 2005, the council has received applications worth $85,504,491.

The biggest month for applications was November 2005, with $17,359,233 lodged. December had $14,644,601 worth of applications.

The biggest month for applications this year was March with $10,835,044 worth coming from 136 applications. The lowest was $6,303,447 in April coming from 72 applications.

Council environment and planning director Rob Donges has told the environment and planning committee the figures do not include applications lodged before July 1, 2005, and determined after that time.

Consequently, there were some discrepancies between the number of applications lodged, the number approved and the average processing time for applications.

The report said the average processing time last month was 10.5 days, down from a high of 33.98 days in December last year.



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