Council Committee Meeting Outcomes - April 2017

Dubbo Regional Council held meetings of the Works and Services Committee, Finance and Policy Committee and Planning and Development Committee on Tuesday 18 April 2017 in Dubbo. The Committees were chaired by Administrator Michael Kneipp.
Committee recommendations will be formally considered in reports at Council’s ordinary meeting next Monday 24 April 2017. Full Committee and Council agendas are available on Council’s website here.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Results of Public Exhibition- Council Policy-Flooding in Geurie

It was recommended that the Council Policy, Flooding in Geurie, be adopted.
 
“Following completion of the public exhibition period, Council officers have undertaken a further review of the draft Council Policy-Flooding in Geurie, in respect of the submissions provided to Council and to ensure consistency with the NSW Floodplain Development Manual,” Mr Kneipp said.
 
“The policy contains consistent and clear information to residents and prospective developers where properties are likely to be impacted by flood waters in Geurie, steps that can be undertaken to mitigate the risk of flooding and key issues for consideration in the development assessment process,” he said.
 
The Policy is also subject to a further review in July 2018 to ensure its effectiveness once operating.
 

Development Application for 52 serviced apartments, Cobra Street, Dubbo

It has been recommended that a Development Application for the redevelopment of Lot 13, 277-283 Cobra Street Dubbo into 52 serviced apartments be approved, subject to conditions.
 
“Originally used as a motel, the site was then developed into a boarding house for socially disadvantaged residents and became known as Mitchell House,” Mr Kneipp said.
 
“Over the years, Council has received complaints about the operation of Mitchell House, and also received significant objections to a past proposal for its use by the NSW Department of Justice as a transitional group home,”
 
“The site has frontage to Cobra Street, is part of the gateway to the city and is adjoined to the east by Council’ Keswick Residential Estate,”
 
“For these reasons, combined with past public interest in the site, the development application has been forwarded to Council for the purposes of transparency in its determination.”
 

Building Summary for March 2017

Council noted the information from the Director Environmental Services regarding the statistics on the number of dwellings and residential flat buildings and other approved Development Applications approved in the Dubbo Regional Council LGA.  The figures show a pleasing positive trend. 
 
“Council aims to provide high quality and timely building and development services, and these kinds of reports provides ongoing monitoring of building activity in the LGA.”
 
“The comparative figures for the total number of approved Development Applications in the former Wellington LGA for March 2016 and March 2017 shows an increase of nearly $100,000, while the Wellington figures for the year from July 2016 – March 2017 show an increase of $2M from that of the previous year.”
 
“The comparative figures for the former Dubbo LGA for March 2016 and March 2017 shows an increase from $12,935,909 to $16,554,657 with the figures from July 2016- March 2017 showing an increase of nearly $3M from the previous year.”
 

FINANCE AND POLICY COMMITTEE

2016/2017 Operational Plan March 2017 Quarterly Review

It has been recommended that the Budget Review Statement and Quarterly Financial Statements as at 31 March 2017 be adopted and that the performance review details for each function for the quarter ended 31 March 2017 be noted.
 
“The statement of the responsible accounting officer that Council will be in a satisfactory financial position at the end of the financial year, having regard to the changes to the original budget is also to be noted.”
 
“The Quarterly Budget and Operational Plan review detailed progress against the original and revised annual budgets at the end of the quarter,” Mr Kneipp said.
 
“Each quarterly review provides explanation for major variations to ensure the Community is informed about Council’s progress in delivering outcomes outlined in the Delivery Program,” he said.
 

Proposed Sale of Council owned residential lots in Montefiores, Wellington

It has been recommended that Council proceed to connect the standard services to residential lots of Council-owned land in Montefiores, Wellington, which will then be offered for sale.
 
“It was recommended that Lot 191 and Lot 192 be offered for sale at $75000 and $70000 respectively, with Council to offer a $15,000 rebate to eligible first home buyers, payable upon the concrete slab being laid within 12 months of contract settlement,” Mr Kneipp said.
 
“The intention of offering these two residential lots on the market is to provide additional opportunities for local residents seeking to enter the housing market, and to stimulate building activity in Wellington,” he said.
 
 
 

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Last Edited: 19 Apr 2017

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