Councils revolt over new planning laws, demand immediate overhaul

Very pleased to see this morning’s SMH report from Harvey Grennan on the Local Government conference response to the NSW planning review.

Most importantly the Local Government NSW resolution called for the public re-exhibition of any new proposals.Public exhibition is need to tease out just where the NSW Government HASN’T ruled out Code Assessable Developent (where residents don’t have a say).

At the moment we know those areas will include the north and souh west growth corridorss, and all eight Urban Activation areas. The question is who knows what other areas nominated by the so called Growth Plans, such as the Parramatta Road Corridor, will also be subject to Code Assessable Development.

James Ryan

Councils revolt over new planning laws, demand immediate overhaul

Date  
October 8, 2013,    Harvey Grennan
Proposed: Fast planning approval for growth areas.Proposed: Fast planning approval for growth areas. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Delegates to last week’s Local Government NSW conference have called on the state government to carry out a major rewriting of new planning laws on the eve of their introduction to Parliament.

A secretariat motion calling for a memorandum of understanding with the government, an implementation steering committee and other consultation measures was trumped by an amendment from the floor calling for:

Community participation in all stages of planning;

Councils given equal status to the minister in planning decisions;

Triple bottom line outcomes for planning decisions;

No rewriting of standard local environment plans less than 10 years old, and

No strategic compatibility certificates by the Department of Planning allowing development to override zonings.

”This resolution makes a strong statement to the minister that a major rewrite of the planning bill is required if he wants to take into account the interests of local government,” the mover of the amendment, Ashfield deputy mayor, Monica Wangmann, said.

The Minister for Planning, Brad Hazzard, had announced proposed code assessment – which would require approval of developments that complied with agreed standards within 25 days without public scrutiny – would apply only in ”high growth” areas.

A department spokesman said areas appropriate for streamlined code approvals might include land adjacent to the north-west and south-west rail links and WestConnex.

”Code assessable development will not be applicable in the usual course in existing, low-density suburbs,” he said.

”Councils will be required to prepare neighbourhood impact statements, similar to environmental impact statements, wherever they intend to introduce code assessable development. Issues like building height, setbacks, traffic, car parking and environmental issues will be considered in detail.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/councils-revolt-over-new-planning-laws-demand-immediate-overhaul-20131007-2v42e.html#ixzz2h4kdvRWk

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