Costly biodiversity reports for those seeking to rebuild after the summer bushfires are in the firing line after negotiations with the state government.
Mayor Liz Innes last week called for legislation to be changed and on Wednesday, August 12, announced she expected to "review draft legislation shortly".
Cr Innes said the government had "responded swiftly", but more action was needed.
"After my media statements last Monday, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment staff have been in touch with our planning team to discuss potential solutions, and we're feeling positive about what might be achieved," Cr Innes said.
"DPIE staff have agreed to continue engaging with the council in preparing a solution, and we expect the opportunity to review draft legislation shortly."
A council spokesperson said up to 277 property owners in the shire must pay for "expensive assessments under the Biodiversity Conservation Act" before rebuilding.
"Assessments can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, and are the only way to achieve the clearing required to comply with current bushfire management standards," the spokesperson said.
Cr Innes last week cited unnecessary delays, cost and stress for those trying to rebuild.
She said nine south-eastern councils had called since January for relief, but a joint letter sent on May 7 to planning and environment ministers remaining unanswered.
"The government needs to ensure this targeted legislative amendment occurs sooner rather than later," Cr Innes said.
"It's common sense, and those trying to rebuild their lives have waited long enough."