Development applications will no longer be notified in the pages of the Gazette under an amended community participation plan adopted at the February council meeting last night (February 23).
Instead, a reference will be published in the council's communicator column in the paper, directing residents to the council's website to check applications.
The changes became necessary after new regulations were introduced last year by the state planning department, shifting the emphasis from newspaper notifications to online.
Council's amended plan aligns with the regulations and will ensure residents have access to the most up-to-date information from council's website.
Council will also write to owners of land adjoining sites earmarked for development, alerting them to the plans.
Exceptions to this would be for DAs for internal works only or if council considers that the owners would not be detrimentally affected by the proposed development.