26 March 2015

Rau's planning changes to be legislated

John Rau, the Minister for Planning, has released the Response of the South Australian Government to the planning reforms recommended by their Expert Panel. Not surprisingly, these reforms are described as radical, ans so they are. The problem is that they remove the local input into planning and complex planning developments will be assessed by as so called Independent Panel rather than the current Development Assessment Panel. This new panel will be regional. My issue is that this adds a new layer of government and that really is the last thing an already over governed state needs.
The matters will be legislated within 6 months. Only then will we start to understand just how little say we as Councillors and you as residents will have to say about anything to do with planning. The full report can be found at;  http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/161298/Transforming_our_Planning_System_25_March_2015.pdf

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