Developers keen on the Valley

MORE than $102 million worth of development applications have been processed by Clarence Valley councillors in the past year.

Clarence Valley Council deputy general manager Des Schroder said that last year 949 development applications were processed which had injected $10 million into the Clarence Valley ‘on a typical month’.

“Overall in the recession we didn’t see it easing off,” he said.

“We are a very resilient town, we might not boom but we stay fairly consistent even in the tough times.”

Residential applications made close to $64 million last year, with $34 million being made up of commercial infrastructures.

“Things have changed a lot from what they used to be 18 months ago because many public buildings and infrastructure sets no longer need to be passed by council,” Mr Schroder said.

The remainder of the $102 million included industrial projects, with council processing development applications within a 29-day average.

The majority of new developments were Upper River, due to land supply constraints in the Yamba area.

Outstanding application times

AS of December 4 last year there were 160 outstanding applications which had been with council for the following days:

Fewer than 40 days – 110.

41-60 days – 9.

61-80 days – 13.

81 plus days – 28.



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