Everything you need to know about how we get our plan / statutory document provisions in Rico, maintain these, and what the onus is for you to ensure your applications are correct.
How do we get our statutory document provisions in the first place?
We initially convert provisions into our format from their source files so these can be loaded into Rico.
You will see Rico doesn’t cover all provisions, only key provisions such as activities, standards, matters, assessment criteria, objectives and policies.
If there are any changes to provisions in Rico, we are alerted to these by the Council's weekly update and only make changes that are operative.
What about proposed changes that aren’t operative yet?
We alert you to the presence of such changes in the following ways:
With a plan change question and related GIS Image in the checklist.
With a red ‘changes’ button at the top right of every page in Rico that involves provisions from a document where proposed changes apply. No button is displayed if there aren’t any changes affecting a document.
We provide links directly to live source documents from Rico.
In cases where proposed plan changes result in provisions with legal effect, we endeavour to add these as a new plan change document so they can be added to your project and assessed like other rules and provisions in Rico.
How do we know if provisions have changed after we started our assessment?
We make operative changes automatically. This means that if you’ve included text in your project that has changed you may not notice this. We don’t currently notify you of such changes as email updates are already available from Council. We see room for improvement here in terms of notifying you when a change specifically affects one of your projects and are investigating this, but suggest you subscribe to Council updates in the meantime to be sure.
What to be mindful of with assessing plan changes
Rico can only help alert you to the presence of a change, as described above.
Proposed changes are typically assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine weighting/relevance as Rico cannot determine this automatically.
The onus is ultimately on you to look deeper into changes, determine what they mean for your project, communicate this in your assessment and ensure all provisions are up to date.