Dear Editor,

One of the major ongoing issues that residents and local business owners have with councils is getting a painless   planning approval for new building projects.

A series of ” planning workshops” for residential and commercial developments, would go a long way to reducing these issues , by improving communication between Council officers and those planning something.

Many aspects of the regulations seem subject to interpretation, or create a lack of full understanding on all requirements, leading to potential dramas and extra cost.

The workshops could cover different aspects of the process, including topics like new construction or alterations, changed land or building use, land clearing or excavation,  and obligations of a bushfire plan ?

The current seminars that HVC is running for potential Councillors have proven very useful for those considering the October elections, and planning workshops should prove to be equally beneficial for all concerned.