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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 Reports

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.

Number 141: 31 March 2021

Introduction of ADAC (Asset Design As Constructed) files from 1 July 2021

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 1 July 2021.

This change will bring Council into line with similar requirements of the surrounding local authority areas and water utilities including Urban Utilities and Unitywater. Following the introduction of the ADAC digital system, submitters of As-Constructed information will no longer be required to provide asset details in MS Access Database format.

In coming weeks Council will be providing further information on As-Constructed ADAC requirements via a dedicated corporate webpage.  This webpage will include links to supporting documents and other useful resources designed to assist the submitter with the lodgement of As-Constructed information.

Number 140: 11 February 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 139: 9 November 2020

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 138: 16 October 2020

Development Industry Forum 2020 Q&A's

In August this year, Ipswich City Council Planning and Regulatory Services Department held the Development Industry Forum 2020.

The forum was a meet and greet and a Q&A session. Questions raised during the forum have been answered here.

Also provided for your information is the Planning and Regulatory Services departmental structure chart here.

If you have any follow up questions or comments, please email Brett Davey Manager, Development Planning (brett.davey@ipswich.qld.gov.au) or Anthony Bowles, Principal Planner (anthony.bowles@ipswich.qld.gov.au).

Number 137: 24 September 2020

Electronic Lodgement of Survey Plans

Ipswich City Council is now accepting electronic lodgement of Survey Plans as per the changes announced by the Titles Registry.

Council has amended its Plan of Subdivision application form to enable applicants to nominate the format in which plans of survey are being submitted i.e. hardcopy or electronic.

Where the electronic format has been chosen applicants will be required to submit a letter of undertaking confirming that the electronic copies of the survey plans submitted to Council are the true images of the plans that will be deposited with the Titles Registry.

An ‘undertaking letter’ template has been prepared by Council and this is to be submitted on the Surveyor’s letterhead, see link here to the amended application form and undertaking letter template.

Number 136: 14 September 2020

COVID-19 Development Application fee waivers and refunds

We would like to advise our customers of a recent change to the 2020-21 Register of Fees and Charges that was adopted at the Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee on 10 September 2020. In an effort to assist businesses experiencing hardship during the COVID pandemic, Council placed a moratorium on fees and charges relating to various business related licenses and permits in March 2020. Ipswich City Council recognises that further measures can be taken to assist the residential construction market by reducing the cost barriers for carrying out renovations to heritage and character homes. It is therefore proposed to waive or refund development application fees for Carrying out Building Work not associated with a Material Change of Use as detailed below.

4.1.9 (a) Carrying out Building Work not Associated with a Material Change of Use

New and additions to Class 10 buildings and additions to an existing single residential dwelling in a Character Zone or at a Character Place (fee code AAD235)

Waived or refunded for the period of 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

4.1.9 (a) Carrying out Building Work not Associated with a Material Change of Use

Demolition/Removal/Relocation of a Heritage Place (Excluding the removal of post 1946 fabric from a Character/Heritage Place) – Code Assessment (fee code AAD165)

Waived or refunded for the period of 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

4.1.9 (a) Carrying out Building Work not Associated with a Material Change of Use

Relocation of a pre-1946 building within an existing property where in a Character Zone or at a Character Place (excluding the removal of post 1946 fabric from a Character/Heritage Place) (fee code AAD268)

Waived or refunded for the period of 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

4.1.9 (a) Carrying out Building Work not Associated with a Material Change of Use

Demolition/Removal/Relocation of a Heritage Place (excluding the removal of post 1946 fabric form a Character/Heritage Place) – Impact Assessment (fee code AAD160)

Waived or refunded for the period of 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

Application fee refunds will be automatically processed in the next few weeks.

Number 135: 1 September 2020

Development assessment team boundary changes

We would like to advise our customers of a recent change to the development assessment team boundaries within the Planning and Regulatory Services Department. The geographical team boundaries have been realigned to better reflect the shifting growth fronts in the Ipswich local government area and to ensure that we are able to maintain a high level of service to all our customers.

The most notable changes are the new areas in the Central and East Development Assessment Teams, specifically Walloon, Karrabin and Brassall, which have transitioned from the West Team  to the Central Team and Karalee, Chuwar, Barellan Point, Riverview, Collingwood Park, and Redbank Plains, which have transitioned from the Central Team to the East Team.

You may receive notification of a change to the assessment manager for some of your applications. You can be assured that the teams will work closely together to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

The new geographical team boundaries are show here.

Number 134: 21 August 2020

Weather warning forecast

We would like to advise our customers of a heightened fire danger as well as gusting and strong winds forecast for this weekend.  In particular, care should be taken with the management of development sites in respect to objects which may be impacted by gusting winds, dust control as well as fire danger.

For more information, please see http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts/southeast-coast.shtml

Number 133: 17 August 2020

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 2020 to 30 June 2020 quarterly activity report can be viewed here.

The second is the Annual Report Card from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.  This report may viewed by clicking here.

Number 132: 9 July 2020

PD Online Disabled

You may have noticed that PD Online is temporarily not accessible. This is owing to a potential security flaw which may leave some of our systems open to the threat of cyber-attacks (as have been publicised in respect to Australian governments and companies). Due to the heightened risks concerning the security and stability of the platform as well as some data issues, we have disabled PD Online.

In its place you can access application data and documentation through ePathway and mapping information through Ipswich City Planning Scheme.

If you need any assistance with accessing information about a development application please use the following Instructions, alternatively please contact plandev@ipswich.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3810 6888.

Number 131: 1 July 2020

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 130: 1 July 2020

Adoption of the Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2020

Ipswich City Council has adopted the Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2020, effective on and from 1 July 2020.

The purpose of the Ipswich Adopted Charges Resolution (No.1) 2020 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) 2020 is available on Council’s website at Ipswichplanning.com.au/planning-documents/planning-scheme

The Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2020 replaces the Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2019.

The resolution includes the indexation of the trunk infrastructure network charges contained in Schedule 2 for the twelve (12) month period from April 2019 to March 2020 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 129: 25 June 2020

Online Access to Development Application Documents

Following on from eAlert number 128 distributed on 23 June 2020, the issue with accessing application documentation in ePathway has now been resolved.

To view Instructions on how to use ePathway, click here.

To view eAlert number 128, click here.

Number 128: 23 June 2020

PD Online Not Accessible

You may have noticed that PD Online is not temporarily accessible. This is owing to a potential security flaw which may leave some of our systems open to the threat of cyber-attacks (as have been publicised in respect to Australian governments and companies).

In its place you can access application data through ePathway and mapping information through Ipswich City Planning Scheme.

Please note that the documents held within an application in ePathway is not visible at this stage, however Council are looking to resolve the access to these documents as a matter of priority. It is not yet known how long the cyber threat will last and as such Council will continue to keep you informed of any updates as they come to hand.

Number 127: 3 June 2020

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.