Councillors can also decide much of the minutiae of individual developments in development control committees and the approval process.
Additionally, most decisions relating to road and traffic changes, park and street upgrades, cleaning, maintenance, and infrastructure work is overseen and voted on by councillors. All can have significant impacts on the values of a property, a street or an area.
Councillors exercise these responsibilities as representatives of the community, entrusted by the voter franchise through election to public office. The enfranchisement for council includes residents, property owners, long term occupiers (leaseholders), and ratepaying lessees.