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Community Information Session - Changes to Planning Controls - Sept 11th 6pm, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre

posted 6 Sep 2012, 23:34 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 6 Sep 2012, 23:35 ]

On Wednesday this week we attended a presentation by the Department of Planning about the proposed overhaul of planning controls across NSW.  This follows the release of a "Green" (discussion) paper.

 

The reforms proposed are extensive.  In short, the vision for planning is heavily focused on "economic growth" and "stream lining development" - and fails to guarantee that existing environmental protections will be retained.  

 

If adopted the controls have major implications for people across NSW, potentially transforming the character of suburbs like Erskineville.

 

For  Erskineville, there is also extra risk, given the introduction of "economic zones" .

 

At this stage, details have not been released, however if  Erskineville is designated as an "economic zone" , this would free up redevelopment of large parts of  Erskineville (is deliberately designed to remove "red tape").  In particular, there are concerns, this process may already be underway, given the Department of Trade's funding in addition to the City's for local business groups. 

 

Submissions to the Green (discussion paper) close on Friday next week (14 September).  

 

A "White" Paper is due to follow shortly thereafter, with the Government looking to pass legislation before the end of the year.

 

Whilst there are no more "Government" consultation sessions left, the Nature Conservation Council has organised a last minute Information Night for inner city residents.  

 

This is on next Tuesday 11th September, 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford St, Newtown. 

 

If you have an interest in the future of  Erskineville and suburbs like it, we urge you to attend.

 

Please feel free to circulate the event information to those interested.





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