The White Paper for the proposed changes to NSW planning legislation has been released.
After consulting independently some time ago, the NSW government ignored recommendations within that original report and produced their own “Green Paper”.
Following the Green Paper, the “White Paper” now has been released for public comment.
And although the document is open for comment until 28th June, the legislation already has beed drafted. So much for consultation!!!
Everything in this White Paper emphasises “economic” aspects of the proposed plan. Environment, heritage and social aspects are either non-existent, or very much regarded as third-order priorities.
And once initial public consultation is over (if you don’t get involved, you’ll regret it), no further public consultation or engagement occurs. Within 5 years, the NSW government expects that 80% of all development applications will be regarded as “compliant” and so no further consideration or discussion will be held – decisions will be taken away from Councils, and the community.
Multi-storey developments may be planned on your street and you won’t know until building starts!!If a developer wishes to change a zoning, they will have up to four separate opportunities to apply and appeal, at different levels of the planning process. Finally, a developer can apply to the Minister for approval. During all these stages, you, as residents, have no right of appeal, review or comment.
The BPN Facebook link is here at BPN Facebook
Gadens Solicitors also have made a review document available. Read it here: Gadens – The cards are on the table – Gadens’ Analysis – 30Apr13
The Better Planning Network is an affiliation of some 380 community groups across NSW, and is a great source of information. Please visit http://betterplanningnetwork.good.do/nsw/email-the-premier-2/ to inform yourselves.
The NSW Planning Department website is at http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/newplanningsystem. Take time to read and inform yourselves of the content of this document. It WILL affect you, and potentially, quite adversely.