Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:41

Councils welcome return of planning powers

Media Release 13th May 2011

Western Sydney Councils have welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to restore planning decisions over key projects to their local communities by scrapping Part 3A exemptions for 70 of Sydney’s biggest developments.

The President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Clr Alison McLaren said the move showed the O’Farrell Government was serious about increasing the role of councils in local planning decisions.

“This is an important step in ensuring that residents have a say in the kind of developments that take place in their neighbourhoods,” Clr Mclaren said.

“In the past few years we have seen a steady erosion of the planning powers of councils, which has meant many communities have had no say in what happens in their areas.

“Major projects, such as shopping centres, apartment complexes, office blocks – and the Parramatta Civic Place redevelopment have been decided on the whim of a single government minister which has dramatically reduced the levels of transparency and accountability in the planning process,” Clr McLaren said.

“Councils are elected by their local residents and are directly responsible to them so it is only fair that they should play a key role in determining the make-up and design of their own areas.

“We are pleased that the Premier and his Planning Minister, Mr Hazzard have recognised the important role that councils have to play and we look forward to working closely with them to ensure these new developments are the best they can be.”

 

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