Following on from the recent spate of community planning fora, and pronouncement about the ACT Govt’s commitment to engagement and transparency on these issues, we have credible rumours about the proposed construction of more than 200 units on a chunk of the Weetangera Oval.
While some local shopkeepers (of whom there are precious few) have been told that plans are well advanced, the community has been told nothing.
If the Govt should have learned antyhing from previous debacles such as the process around the proposed development on the Hawker shops carpark, it should be: ‘engage early, engage often’.
The message from the community has been pretty clear: the current planning system is pretty dysfunctional, and just about all the cards are stacked against members of the community.
The power of individual statutory officials is quite astounding, and the accountability mechanisms are minimal.
Will Weetangera be the latest in the sad saga of planning snafus?