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Number 153: 3 May 2022

Quarterly Activity Report

This is the latest Quarterly Activity Report which snapshots Development Applications Lodged and Determined, together with information on a variety of Regulatory functions which have occurred in the Ipswich City Council area.

The full snapshot can be viewed here.

Number 152: 11 February 2022

Changes to Rate 3 Streetlighting Applications within the Ripley PDA

Council, as the MEDQ delegate, would like to advise the development industry that effective immediately, rather than being assessed through an Operational Works application, Rate 3 Streetlighting for a development site within the Ripley PDA must be lodged and assessed through the Compliance Assessment process. Please refer to Schedule 1 of the “Ripley Valley Urban Development Area – Development Scheme” which states that Rate 3 Streetlighting is considered Exempt Development from an operational works application perspective when the works are consistent with an approved plan of development.

Please note that the application lodgement, construction and post construct stages of the delivery of Rate 3 Streetlighting must follow the processes outlined in the relevant development approval Compliance Assessment Condition and the Certification Procedures Manual (CPM), which includes, among other things, the completion of relevant application forms, certification deed polls, certification forms and other documentation that is required under the State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Economic Development Queensland framework. The CPM, deed polls and other forms that are required as part of the compliance assessment and that are listed in the CPM can be downloaded at the following links.

For non-complex single staged residential subdivisions, a combined compliance assessment and pre-construction application submission can be made to Council.

Council will be unable to accept any new applications that are located within the Ripley PDA that are accompanied by a DA Form 1 which is subject to the requirements of the Planning Act 2016. Outside the Ripley PDA and within the balance of the Ipswich City Council area, operational works applications for Rate 3 Streetlighting can still be made and will be accepted. Current operational works applications within the PDA that have been lodged with council will continue to be processed as per normal.

Please contact council’s Engineering Health and Environment Branch on 3810 6666 if there are any questions relating to this.

Number 151: 1 February 2022

Quarterly Activity Report

This is the latest Quarterly Activity Report which snapshots Development Applications Lodged and Determined, together with information on a variety of Regulatory functions which have occurred in the Ipswich City Council area.

The full snapshot can be viewed here.

Number 150: 12 November 2021

Plan of Subdivision applications

In an endeavour to improve turn round times for Plan of Subdivision applications Council has introduced a number of initiatives. These include:

Lodgement of preparation/checking of legal documents applications

Prior to submission of the Plan of Subdivision application to Council an application and fee can be submitted for the preparation or checking of legal documents associated with a plan of subdivision application. This process is similar to naming applications which are submitted prior to the Plan of Subdivision applications. This will remove the process of legal document checking or preparation from the Plan of Subdivision assessment and associated timeframes. In addition, whilst this service is carried out by Council’s legal providers, we have increased the number of providers to improve the turnaround times of this service.

The new Legal document preparation/review form can be accessed here.

Pre-lodgement meetings for Plan of Subdivision applications

Whilst not a new service, Council is encouraging this process be utilised for larger developments. The objective of this process is to ensure that lodgement of plan of subdivision applications include all of the relevant information to ensure applications submitted are ‘well made’ so as to reduce processing times and the likelihood of ‘outstanding issues’ requests. These meetings are free of charge and relevant Council representatives including Development Engineers, Planners and Development Compliance (Plan sealing) officers will attend these meetings.

Please note that Council’s preference is for these meetings to occur in person at Council Offices however attendance at these meetings can also occur via Microsoft Teams if all attendees are not able to attend in person.

Agendas and meeting notes are prepared for these meetings and matters such as application fees, infrastructure charges, bonding, conditions and construction are discussed.

Requests for a Pre-lodgement meeting can be made via https://www.ipswichplanning.com.au/book-a-meeting with details of the development, attendees and availability of attendees at least 5 business days prior to the meeting request date.

Plan of Subdivision Application form and checklist

Council has reviewed its Plan of Subdivision application forms and checklists to assist applicants with their submissions and ensure that application packages are complete upon lodgement to assist with faster timeframes.

A trial of these initiatives has revealed an improvement in the quality and completeness of application packages, has improved working relationships between Council Officers, Developers and their Consultants and more importantly improved application timeframes for applications where a pre-lodgement meeting has been held.

The new Plan of Subdivision application form and Checklist can accessed here.

Payment of Application Fees

Council have noticed a significant increase of applications being lodged with unpaid fees.  With the introduction of the new application form and checklist it is expected that these fees are paid at time of lodgement.

Payment options can include:

  • Credit card over the phone (07 3810 6888) or by requesting a Credit Card Authorisation Form from plandev@ipswich.qld.gov.au
  • Cash or card at the customer service counter located at 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). For account details, please email iccpdbusinesssupport@ipswich.qld.gov.au
  • By cheque (either in person or via mail – PO Box 191, IPSWICH QLD 4305)

Number 149: 26 October 2021

Quarterly Activity Report

This is the latest Quarterly Activity Report which snapshots Development Applications Lodged and Determined, together with information on a variety of Regulatory functions which have occurred in the Ipswich City Council area.

The full snapshot can be viewed here.

Number 148: 26 October 2021

Ipswich City Council Electrical Specifications

Council has released an updated version of the Ipswich City Council Electrical Specifications.

The Electrical Specifications for Parks and Facilities document is available to download.

To obtain a copy, please visit https://www.ipswichplanning.com.au/planning-documents/other-documents.

Number 147: 23 July 2021

Activity Reports

Council has recently released two reports about planning and regulatory services activity in Ipswich.

The first is the latest Quarterly Activity Report which snapshots Development Applications Lodged and Determined, together with information on a variety of Regulatory functions which have occurred in the Ipswich City Council area.

The 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 quarterly activity report can be viewed here.

The second is the Annual Report Card from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.  This report may viewed by clicking here.

Number 146: 1 July 2021

Register of Fees and Charges

Council has adopted a new fee structure for the new financial year which includes changes to the fees applicable to development applications, operational works applications, building and plumbing applications and health and regulatory services fees.  This document can be located here.

Number 145: 1 July 2021

Adoption of the Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2021

Ipswich City Council has adopted the Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2021, effective on and from 1 July 2021.

The purpose of the Ipswich Adopted Charges Resolution (No.1) 2021 is to state:

  • the adopted charges for providing the local government trunk infrastructure networks; and
  • the levied charges to be levied by the local government for development for the demand placed on the local government trunk infrastructure networks; and
  • matters relevant to the working out of an offset and refund for a trunk infrastructure contribution for the local government trunk infrastructure networks for development.

The Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2021 is available on Council’s website at Ipswichplanning.com.au/planning-documents/planning-scheme

The Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2021 replaces the Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2020.

The resolution includes the indexation of the trunk infrastructure network charges contained in Schedule 2 for the twelve (12) month period from April 2020 to March 2021 inclusive, in accordance with the Planning Act 2016;

For further information, please contact Ipswich City Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Department, City Design Branch on (07) 3810 6251.

Number 144: 22 June 2021

Ipswich City Council Supports Recycled Material

Ipswich City Council endorses use recycled materials to build roads and pavements as part of the transition to a circular economy.

Council will seek to use Recycled crushed concrete, crushed brick, glass fines, Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) and crumbed rubber products to supplement traditional virgin aggregate and sand for pavement construction.  This can apply to construction of our own projects as well as those constructed as part of developments.

New processes to use recycled materials are being developed regularly by the waste industry and council will embrace their use, subject to the product meeting design specifications and compliance ensuring strength and performance are not compromised.

It will still be necessary for these pavements to meet the design criteria of the Ipswich Planning Scheme, Ipswich city Council Standard Drawings and the relevant DTMR pavement specifications for Recycled Materials for Pavements.

If you have any other ideas for Council to consider in the sustainability / circular economy space please contact Brett Davey via email brett.davey@ipswich.qld.gov.au or 3810 6258.

Number 143: 17 June 2021

As Constructed Information – Implementation of ADAC (As Design As Constructed) on 1 July 2021

As reported in eAlert 141, Ipswich City Council is currently preparing to accept and process ADAC XML As-Constructed electronic files representing information on new and upgraded assets and infrastructure. The change to As-Constructed submission requirements is to be introduced from 1st July 2021.

To assist our customers with this change, Council has updated the Ipswich Planning website to provide advice on requirements and includes access to useful tools and guidelines.  If you wish to learn more, please visit the Engineering, Health and Environment webpage.

Number 142: 4 May 2021

Quarterly Activity Report

This is the latest Quarterly Activity Report which snapshots Development Applications Lodged and Determined, together with information on a variety of Regulatory functions which have occurred in the Ipswich City Council area.

The full snapshot can be viewed here.