Abandon the planning reform bill says Randwick City Council to the NSW Upper House – 27th November 2013

Last night Randwick Council voted to call on the NSW Government to abandon it’s contentious planning reform bill as debate continues in the State upper house today.

Better Planning Network supporters at a recent rally in Marourba.

Better Planning Network protested the Bill at a recent rally in Marourba.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson has urged the NSW upper house members to take note of the local “grass roots” resolution.

I hope that the NSW upper house takes note of this local resolution from the grass roots in its ongoing debate this week on the outrageous excesses proposed under the Government’s planning reform bill.”


That Council:

a) notes its deep concern at the changes proposed to the NSW planning system in the Planning Bill 2013 that will see Council lose more of its planning control 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;

b) regards as a mistake the failures to enshrine ecologically sustainable development as the principle object of the bill and to address climate change issues;

c) resolves as a matter of urgency to write to the Minister for Planning, the Hon Brad Hazzard MP and the Premier, the Hon Barry O’Farrell MP calling on the NSW government to not proceed with the Bill; and

d) resolves as a matter of urgency to write to the Minister for Planning, the leader of the Opposition and the parliamentary representatives from the Greens, the Shooters & Fishers and the Christian Democrats advising them of this resolution and of Council’s concerns.

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