GOSNELLS and Serpentine-Jarrahdale scored in the bottom five of their planning performance, according to the latest Property Council of Australia report, while Armadale was one of the best.
The report, Benchmarking Greater Perth Local Governments, measured the best practice planning performance of local government planning systems in 29 of Greater Perth’s councils.
According to the report, only two local councils, the cities of Melville and Belmont, have a high level of planning performance.
Armadale finished third with a score of 17.8 out of 23, while Gosnells had received the second lowest score of 4.6, but did not provide data for one of the sections.
Serpentine-Jarrahdale finished with an overall score of eight out of 23.
Shire president John Erren said it acknowledged the report did not reflect particularly favourably on the shire’s planning framework.
“The report is somewhat biased toward having a Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme in place, which has cost us more than half the score available,” he said.
“The shire participated in the survey knowing that its performance was not going to be particularly good due to the threat of amalgamations during this period.
Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said an officer completed parts of the survey relevant to their area of operation and returned it, without finalising answers to all questions.
He said, consequently, the response given was incomplete.
“Based on the incomplete response, the City’s score is very low and does not provide a true reflection of the City’s performance.
“For instance, in response to a question to identify the time taken to process planning applications, no timeframes were given in the survey response,” he said.
“The City does not accept that the Property Council’s report reflects the City’s actual performance in planning matters, for the reasons provided above,” he said.