Schools can do whatever they please?

johnboy 22 June 2012

Environment and Sustainable Development are letting us know they’re taking another look at the exemptions for schools from needing development approval.

“Canberrans are being asked to comment on amendments to the Planning and Development Act that exempted schools from needing development approval for additions and alterations,” Mr Ponton said.

“The exemptions were introduced 2009 to support the Building the Education Revolution, but have a statutory requirement to be reviewed by September 2012.

“I believe the exemptions have made it easier to improve our school and childcare infrastructure for our children.”

Over 200 exemptions have been granted to ACT schools for constructing new classrooms, libraries, entranceways, shade structures, water tanks, toilet blocks and other structures

Although the structures were exempt from development approval, they still required building approval and certification that they complied with the Territory Plan and building codes.

But what other organisations would also benefit from such exemptions?

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