Last Thursday the Development Regulations 2008 was varied by the Government so that any development with a construction cost over $3 million may be assessed and determined by the Development Assessment Commission.
For this to occur, the State Coordinator-General must determine that a development is of economic significance to the State, or where the assessment of the proposal would be best achieved under a scheme established by the Department of the Minister to facilitate the assessment of such developments.
I'm not sure how big a building would be likely to cost more than 3 million but I think it is probably not very big. I can remember at one time thinking John Rau was a reasonable person, but I have long since changed my mind. He seems to have a single plan to destroy any role that Councils have in planning.