Greens Brace as State Government Planning Reform Bill Goes to Upper House – 21st November 2013

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Greens MLC David Shoebridge addresses a recent rally about the planning reform bill at Maroubra Beach.

Yesterday Greens MLC David Shoebridge advised by twitter that debate had started on the Government’s contentious planning reforms bill in the upper house.

Amendments are expected to be debated next week.

On a local level, Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson will put a motion to next week’s Council meeting calling for the Bill to be abandoned by the Government.

He hopes that it will send a message to the upper house from Randwick residents in time for next week’s continuation of the debate.

Councillor Matson says that Council’s will lose more of their planning controls via;

  •  the imposition of code assessable development;

  • the establishment of sub-regional planning boards;

  • the use of discretionary strategic compatibility certificates; and

  • the expanded reliance on private certifiers;

He elaborated,

“This is a bill for advancing the rubber stamping of planning applications.”

Councillor Matson is also disappointed that the current legislation’s strong objective emphasising ecological considerations will be dropped and said,

The bill is back peddling away from giving proper significance to ecological assessment in planning”.

One clause of his motion urges the Council to declare that it

“…regards as a mistake the failures to enshrine ecologically sustainable development as the principle object of the bill and to address climate change issues”.


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