Simon wants your thoughts (again)

che 4 April 2007 5

The Planning Minister Simon Corbell has put out this media release about the new planning system and how he wants everyone to get involved in commenting on it, even though its really been written to make it easy for the developers who are giving money to the ACT Govt for new estates. But will it make it easier for everyone else to make changes to their own homes?

“The proposed development assessment track system in the new Territory Plan will result in an increased range of developments that do not require development approvals, and an increased range of simple structures that do not require building approvals or licensed builders. For example, new houses in new estates will be exempt from development approvals if they meet the rules for single residential dwellings, contained in the Residential Zones Development Code. “

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5 Responses to Simon wants your thoughts (again)
Al Al 9:24 am 05 Apr 07

There has been a stack of work going into the lead-up to this draft release by people in community groups, industry and ACTPLA, with quite a lot of workshops prior to Xmas.

As louise says, it is up to everyone to get into this one. I think it’s the main game in town at present.

If the ‘bar’ is set at the right level, it can make everything a whole lot easier and predictable for communities and community groups. If apathy and inaction lets that bar be set at too low a level, then industry will have a party.

I’ve found most people who get involved in debate on RA are people who give a damn about their town (city?), so I ask everyone to have a look at the draft and get online and make your comments.

I’ve also found – contrary to Thumper’s comment above – the people at ACTPLA working on this draft are truly responsive people to work with, but they can only work with what we give them – no community comment means no community say.

As the saying goes: decisions are made by those who turn up.

Maelinar Maelinar 1:48 pm 04 Apr 07

Submitting your plan electronically is a good way of saying we’ve got no public servants left to do the processing anyway.

Welcome to the current century ACT Government, thank god your only 7 years behind the times.

louise louise 1:08 pm 04 Apr 07

Rights of appeal to muti-storey developments next door, even if they don’t meet guidelines, rights to put up a shed in the backyard. That’s the point – how do we know if we haven’t read it yet? The Territory plan is supposed to be the strategic plan for Canberra, so any changes should be well scrutinised. They’ll do what they want anyway, but at least this branch of government appears to listen a bit.

Thumper Thumper 12:23 pm 04 Apr 07

What rights?

They do what ever they want to do regardless….

louise louise 12:22 pm 04 Apr 07

It’s probably one of those things we should all read. Missing this one now could mean losing rights down the track.

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