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Simon silences opposition to Kingston Foreshore plans

By johnboy - 15 November 2011 14

Simon Corbell has announced new planning regulations for the Kingston Foreshore to speed things up:

“Third party reviews to date have been creating excessive delay in some developments in the Kingston Foreshore precinct, and this is an important decision to create certainty for development of this area,” Mr Corbell said.

“The Kingston Foreshore is a highly planned and regulated re-development area and developments which are consistent with this master planned area should be able to proceed with certainty.

“The Regulation removes the possibility of third party applications to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal for merit review of development applications granted in the Kingston Foreshore area.

“The regulation demonstrates the intention of this Government to seeing the community’s vision for this pivotal area, as reflected in the Territory Plan, delivered with minimal delay.

“This will reduce the potential for delays to developments in the Kingston Foreshore area which is good news for the residents and business owners in the area.

“This decision does not affect the right or ability of the community to comment on proposed developments or on future Territory Plan variations.

“The Kingston Foreshore is a highly changeable, high value area similar to the city centre and it is essential that a decision is made to ensure that development of the precinct is not delayed un-necessarily.

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Simon silences opposition to Kingston Foreshore plans
p1 4:06 pm 23 Jan 12

Unless you are eating the dirt under it, the biggest concern about being next to a big substation would be the huge power lines heading into it it. And that isn’t an issue if you have a view of the lake.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:37 pm 23 Jan 12

agent00 said :

Funny to see people buying million dollar homes in the Kingston area and not knowing they are within 500m2 radius from the electricity substation…unless you want your brain to be fried constantly you shouldn’t live or work close to one!!!

Haha WTF

damien haas 1:29 pm 23 Jan 12

i wouldn’t describe the community councils as ‘tame’.

there has been many instances where the community councils and actgov have disagreed vocally. ask woden valley community council about their experiences last year.

if you attend a community council meeting where actgov reps are speaking, they are subjected to pretty sharp questioning.

damien haas – committee member, belconnen community council

matt31221 1:19 pm 23 Jan 12

agent00 said :

Funny to see people buying million dollar homes in the Kingston area and not knowing they are within 500m2 radius from the electricity substation…unless you want your brain to be fried constantly you shouldn’t live or work close to one!!!

Say what! 30m-40m segregation from a substation would be fine. EMR wouldn’t travel from half a kilometer.

Deref 12:22 pm 23 Jan 12

Keijidosha said :

“The Kingston Foreshore is a highly changeable, high value area similar to the city centre and it is essential that a decision is made to ensure that development of the precinct is not delayed un-necessarily.”

Translation:

The Kingston Foreshore is a highly polluted, low value area that we’ve managed to promote as exclusive and prestigious, so it is essential that we sell as much of it as possible before people start digging up skeletons.

Alt. translation: the developers give us big campaign donations.

54-11 11:05 am 23 Jan 12

housebound said :

54-11 said :

… And Seven-Storey Simon has a long track record of far too cosy relationships with the developer lobby.

He must have learned after being dumped from planning in 2005/6 (or thereabouts). The word at the time was that he wasn’t being as obedient to developers as he should have been.

hb, I was involved with the LAPACs for many years, including during Simon’s tenure when he abolished them. He was always at the developers’ beck and call, slowly strangling and eventually wiping out almost all effective community consultation.

He’s now got a bunch of very tame Community Councils (sorry Al, but it’s true, because they are dependent on him for their funding and they know what will happen if they stray from the “correct” line).

housebound 10:57 am 23 Jan 12

54-11 said :

… And Seven-Storey Simon has a long track record of far too cosy relationships with the developer lobby.

He must have learned after being dumped from planning in 2005/6 (or thereabouts). The word at the time was that he wasn’t being as obedient to developers as he should have been.

54-11 10:46 am 23 Jan 12

I see that the latest DA at the Foreshore (http://apps.actpla.act.gov.au/pubnote/pubnoteDetail_new.asp?DA_no=201120923) plans to remove an easement and reduce another in size.

All in the name of increasing density and reducing public access around the waterside.

And, of course, all in collusion with the LDA.

So much for Katie’s recent announcement of improved transparency and accountability. What a crock from Jon-lite. And Seven-Storey Simon has a long track record of far too cosy relationships with the developer lobby.

chewy14 10:35 am 23 Jan 12

agent00 said :

Funny to see people buying million dollar homes in the Kingston area and not knowing they are within 500m2 radius from the electricity substation…unless you want your brain to be fried constantly you shouldn’t live or work close to one!!!

I’m pretty sure the sub-station is getting moved:

http://www.actewagl.com.au/About-us/The-ActewAGL-network/Electricity-network/Electricity-network-projects/New-Eastlake-zone-substation.aspx

Buzz2600 9:47 am 23 Jan 12

Translation: Developers are getting antsy and want to cash in before the next recession.

I-filed 8:36 am 23 Jan 12

Simon “Hates Due Process” Corbell …

agent00 12:46 am 23 Jan 12

Funny to see people buying million dollar homes in the Kingston area and not knowing they are within 500m2 radius from the electricity substation…unless you want your brain to be fried constantly you shouldn’t live or work close to one!!!

dpm 1:31 pm 16 Nov 11

Translation: Only the ACT Govt itself is allowed to incompetently slow down development apps – and even then that is only for things they gain no money from (e.g. House extensions, decks etc), so they don’t care how annoying it is when they do so.
However, if it is a development that they stand to gain some cash for (e.g land tax, stamp duty, rates) then get out of their way!! Hahaha!
And i’d just like to add to what Keijidosha said: “…before people start digging up an old asbestos/building-waste dump OR skeletons”. 🙂

Keijidosha 10:48 am 16 Nov 11

“The Kingston Foreshore is a highly changeable, high value area similar to the city centre and it is essential that a decision is made to ensure that development of the precinct is not delayed un-necessarily.”

Translation:

The Kingston Foreshore is a highly polluted, low value area that we’ve managed to promote as exclusive and prestigious, so it is essential that we sell as much of it as possible before people start digging up skeletons.

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