Plan­ning pol­icy shift


Melville Times - - News -

MELVILLE coun­cil­lors will have the power to de­cide on some ma­jor de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted di­rectly to the City, af­ter an amend­ment to plan­ning pol­icy.

Last week, coun­cil­lors voted to adopt a num­ber of changes to City’s plan­ning pol­icy, the big­gest of which will al­low them, in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions, to over­rule de­ci­sions made by City of­fi­cers un­der del­e­gated au­thor­ity.

The amend­ment means any ma­jor de­vel­op­ment (de­fined as con­tain­ing 10 or more dwellings) can be called up by two coun­cil­lors who sign a re­quest to chief ex­ec­u­tive Shayne Sil­cox and quote a rel­e­vant plan­ning mat­ter.

Pre­vi­ously, there was no mech­a­nism for Melville coun­cil­lors to call up de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions ruled fully com­pli­ant by City of Melville plan­ning of­fi­cers.

Speak­ing in favour of the change, coun­cil­lor Ni­cholas Pa­zolli said the amend­ment would al­low res­i­dents to ap­proach coun­cil­lors with con­cerns, which where ap­pli­ca­ble, could be heard and de­ter­mined in the public fo­rum of a coun­cil meet­ing.

Coun­cil­lor Matt Woodall agreed, stat­ing that un­der the pre­vi­ous pol­icy, there was no way for res­i­dents to hold any­body ac­count­able for ma­jor de­vel­op­ments of con­cern.

The change does not ap­ply to joint de­vel­op­ment assess­ment panel ap­pli­ca­tions where the City of Melville is not the ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion-maker.

Coun­cil­lors also voted to adopt a new re­quire­ment for the details of any ma­jor de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion, even those deemed com­pli­ant, to be ad­ver­tised via on­site sig­nage as part of the in­for­mal no­ti­fi­ca­tion process.

City of­fi­cers will now also be re­quired to con­sider all for­mal sub­mis­sions re­ceived from mem­bers of the public when as­sess­ing such de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions, al­though for­mal con­sul­ta­tion will not be en­tered into when a de­vel­op­ment has al­ready been de­ter­mined com­pli­ant.

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