A Public Meeting on Local Planning will be held on Thursday 26th September from 6pm at the Bulli Community Centre.
“This is an important issue for Northern Illawarra residents, as the right for people in the community to have a say in local planning decisions that will affect their neighbourhoods and quality of life is likely to be significantly limited if not removed under proposed new state government planning laws.” said Diana Covell.
The O’Farrell Government wants to push these changes through the NSW Parliament this September;
You won’t know about most development, until building starts80% of development will be approved in 10 to 25 days without any community notification or consultation. Private certifiers selected and paid by the developers will have the power to approve
An apartment block built next to your house For 80% of developments the government wants a ‘tick-a-box’ approval process that won’t consider the merits of a development. This means that development approvals will ignore the impact a development has on neighbours such as the total loss of sun in your kitchen, overshadowing of solar panels or intolerable traffic snarls
You are likely to pay more on your ratesNew taxes will mean that new in-fill development subsidises unprofitable and damaging urban sprawl, making you pay to destroy precious farmland and bush.
The Government has left it open for the biggest most damaging developments to have the lowest levels of scrutiny Really big coal mines, subdivisions and residential towers will be approved by the Minister as ‘State Significant Development’ (SSD). Once a development is SSD then key protections for heritage (including Aboriginal heritage), bush fire safety, coastal protection, native vegetation and coastal lands are all lost. The ICAC has identified this kind of Ministerial power as posing a serious risk of corruption.
We won’t be ready for the future realities of climate change The gutted planning system has nothing to meet the challenges of climate change, such as sea-level rises and extreme weather. These realities should be front and centre in our planning system.