The Dickson Community Planning Alliance is celebrating a win in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal:
Developers had planned to replace 2 houses with 10 units. The Tribunal confirmed that the
development violated a number of planning requirements and was inconsistent with the Territory Plan.
Ms Jane Goffman, a town planner and resident of Dickson, was a key organiser of the appeal. “This development threatened the long-term amenity and liveability of the area, which attracts a culturally diverse mix of household types, and that’s one of many positive features we want to safeguard. Very importantly, the approval initially given by the government violated its own planning laws.”
Wayne Sharwood, a local resident and barrister, led the appeal at the tribunal with assistance by Clare Carnell.
“The appeal demonstrated the difficulties for residents seeking constructive input to government decisions,” Ms Goffman said.
“Despite over 130 objections, the community was unfairly viewed by the planning authority as anti-development NIMBY neanderthals. But the Tribunal’s decision shows that the opposition was based on solid factual evidence. This approval should never have been granted and the community should not have been required to do the government’s job.”
The residents are calling for an easier planning system in future.