The ABC has a new tale of woe surrounding exempt development, this time in O’Connor.
Canberra resident Kamrul Ahsan Khan says building his home in O’Connor has been the most painful experience he has had during his 18 years living in Australia.
He says he wanted to build a family home and had no intention of violating any rules when he took advice to use the ACT Planning and Land Authority’s (ACTPLA) exempt track.
Under the current planning system, a house can be built in an existing residential area without development approval, provided a private building certifier checks it complies with certain rules.
But as the ABC reported this week, some developments are being given the go ahead even when they do not comply.
Mr Khan’s house was found not to comply with the code, the builders were issued with a stop work notice and he had to rent a house for six months until the project could be finished.
The nearby residents who alerted ACTPLA to the errors also feel aggrieved.
Surely it’s time to throw the exempt track overboard for all but the smallest alterations?