Coe calls for planning reform

johnboy 18 September 2013

Won’t anyone think of the property developers?

Well, the Liberals Alistair Coe is bravely taking up cudgels on their behalf:

Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alistair Coe will call on the Government to undertake a comprehensive review of the Territory Plan with a view to simplifying the document.

At present, the ACT’s planning system is far too complex and is not delivering good outcomes for planners, builders, proponents or neighbourhoods.

“The fact is, ACT planning documents are far too complex and near impossible to comprehend and I’ll be moving a motion to that effect in the Assembly,” Mr Coe said today.

“When planning professionals such as builders and architects, can’t interpret the documents, it’s no wonder that everyone else finds it confusing and why many cases end up in the courts or tribunals.

“The Government’s recent change to the Territory Plan, Variation 306, has further complicated the system with rules that require detailed computer modelling to understand the system.

“At a time when the construction and property sectors are doing it tough, we need to make sure that there is confidence and certainty in the planning system to ensure business confidence.

“While the goal-posts keep moving and ACTPLA’s decisions are unpredictable, people will be reluctant to invest in the ACT,” Mr Coe concluded.

He probably has a point.

It’s a pity they didn’t run on this before the election.

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