Blooming development application
  • Wednesday 21 March 2012

When it comes to lodging a development application, Sunshine Coast Council helps not-for-profit organisations like Bloomhill Cancer Help with a discount on fees in recognition of the positive contribution they make locally.

Manager Planning Assessment, Michael Bismire said council’s Fees and Charges Register outlines the discounts available for not for profit organisations.

"Council’s development application system helps not-for-profit organisations with the costs associated with the lodgement and processing of development applications," Mr Bismire said.

"That’s because council recognises the valuable contribution not-for-profit organisations make to the region.

"Council approved extensions to the Bloomhill Cancer Help Centre at Buderim, a facility that offers services and support to people who have been diagnosed with cancer.

"The development application approval allows for additional meeting, meditation and activity rooms, an office and outdoor area so that a broader range of services can be provided to clients.

"In accordance with council policy, savings were available on application fees and infrastructure contribution charges as it is a community organisation.

"The applicant received a 50% reduction in application fees and a full rebate on development contributions from council charges for transport, public parks, land for community facilities and stormwater charges.

"The pre-lodgement meeting was held at 50% of the standard fee and additional meetings were conducted on site at no charge.

"It’s a good example of council reducing costs for a not-for-profit organisation in order to assist them with the expansion of the vital support services they provide for the community."

For more information about development application services and discounts for not-for-profit organisations, contact council on 5475 7526 or 5475 PLAN.

To meet with trained development services staff during business hours visit council offices at 10 First Avenue in Maroochydore or the Nambour, Tewantin and Caloundra offices.