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Data centre now moving

By housebound 13 November 2008 24

It seems Michael Costello has given his permission for the data centre to be moved according to the ABC.

This from the TRE people who said that if they had to move, they would leave

Curiouser and curiouser.

[ED – a bluff called.]

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sepi 2:55 pm 16 Nov 08

I think if you told the neighbour you were building the extension over the road, but actually it was up to their back fence, you’d be off to a bad start.

Clown Killer 2:36 pm 16 Nov 08

Actually Deezagood, if you follow my logic you would undergo an established planning process to put an extension on your house (get the plans drafted, put the application in to ACTPLA) and ACTPLA would ask for more information and provide detailed criteria on how to assess and present that information. You’d be pretty certain that the extension will go ahead because in your preparations you had everything checked out properly and ACTPLA didn’t ask for anything new, just for the information to be presented in a diferent sort of document, you do all that and while ACTPLA is considering the stuff you’ve provided you find that the government is going to introduce special regulations that only apply to you, specifically to stop you building your extension. If I were you I’d be looking for compensation?

Gungahlin Al 12:42 pm 16 Nov 08

It’s interesting that following an established planning process is somehow considered to be ‘taking a risk’ – it could only happen in Canberra.

Fact is that much about DAs is a risk. There are 3 ways to approach your development idea:

Code Track: If you can comply with the various criteria, then it is as of right – can’t be knocked back and there is no risk at all. In fact, new residential applications in greenfield areas that meet Code don’t even have to go to ACTPLA – they are termed Exempt developments.

Merit Track: you use this one if some aspects of your proposal do not meet the strict letter of the code track criteria. ACTPLA assesses these aspects as to whether they meet the related performance goals, which are more text-based than number-based, if you get my drift. But they can’t refuse an application if any undesirable merit aspects can be conditioned to mitigate problems, and the Code aspects are un-assessable. For example, I got a relaxation on the length of courtyard wall and one setback, but everything else about my house met Code.

Impact Assessment: this is different. It allows for unusual proposals that *MAY* be acceptable, but this is no given as the sorts of applications that fall into this track are likely to be contentious – the exact reason they are impact Assessment. And impact assessment by its nature implies a distinct possibility that an EIS may be required. In fact the lack of EISs in ACT is quite surprising – they are very common requirements elsewhere in Australia.

Whatsup 8:33 pm 14 Nov 08

Clown Killer said :

It’s interesting that following an established planning process is somehow considered to be ‘taking a risk’ – it could only happen in Canberra.

Any project you undertake involves some degree of risk. There was obvious risks with this one which weren’t managed well. It’s not a Canberra thing.

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