Seven-Storey Call-in Corbell has again used his call-in powers to prevent public consultation (well, in this case, to enable the planners to ignore what people have said) – see media release.
[ED – And he still hasn’t returned our reader’s questions from the email interview]
Twenty-nine submissions were received, and Seven-storey Simon reckons that he has addressed the concerns through amendments and conditions. If these concerns have been addressed, why use your call-in powers, Simon? The only reason is that Simon doesn’t want any appeal to the AAT. And why doesn’t he want appeals to the AAT? Firstly, because that slows down the development process, and Simon is captured by big business who would lose profit. And secondly, because development applications are often rejected or significantly modified during the AAT appeal process (have a look at http://www.courts.act.gov.au/magistrates/index.html to see how many cases go against the planners).
Seven-storey Simon has now removed opportunity for public consultation in Civic and the Town Centres, he’s now started on the group centres, and the rest of Canberra is soon to follow. When’s the next election?