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Draft DCP to reduce red tape

Bland Shire Council believes proposed changes in the Draft Bland Development Control Plan 2013, which is currently on public exhibition, will reduce red tape and help improve development approval times.

The draft was placed on public exhibition on Monday, January 14 and remains open for public comment until Friday, February 18.

Council’s Manager of Development Services, Guy Marchant, said the Draft Development Control Plan 2013 (DCP) proposes changes to the current neighbor notification procedures which will help increase development approval turnaround times.

“Under the proposed changes in the draft DCP, the only general residential development applications that will be notified to adjoining property owners will be new residential dwellings including Multi-dwellings in the R1 General Residential zone and swimming pools in all zones,” Mr Marchant said.

“Carport, sheds, alterations and additions to existing dwellings, multi dwellings and sheds will not be notified to adjoining property owners.”

The draft plan also proposes that commercial and industrial alterations and additions including change of use are excluded from the notification process. However, new commercial and industrial developments will still require notification to adjoining land owners.

The draft DCP can be viewed at Council’s Administration Offices at 6 Shire St, West Wyalong during normal business hours or on Council’s website at

All submissions in regard to this draft policy are to be in writing, addressed to the General Manager and must be submitted by no later than 4.30pm on Friday, February 18, 2013. Submissions are to be sent to Bland Shire Council PO Box 21, West Wyalong NSW 2671.

Anyone with enquires in regard to the draft DCP is encouraged to contact Council’s Development Services section on 6972 2266.