04 December 2013

Planning Powers Gone

In the interest of transparency recent changes to delegations in the Planning Act have now resulted in Unley (and other inner ring Councils) losing their powers to assess any proposed new buildings at 5 storeys or more. This is a very poor decision on the behalf of the government in that it will  change the assessing authority from Unley's  Development Assessment Panel to the Development Assessment Commission, along with this will go a reduced (if any ) opportunity for residents to object to each individual proposal. Tell me why would any one propose to build a 4 storey building on Unley Road that will be scrutinized by Council and residents when they might propose 6 storeys and it have less  scrutiny?

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