FRIENDS OF KU- RING- GAI EN­VI­RON­MENT

Monthly Chronicle - - The Village Voice - KATHY COW­LEY

Though NSW Plan­ning has still not man­dated the highly de­struc­tive Com­ply­ing Medium Den­sity Code, it has formed the ba­sis of the infill devel­op­ment plans that sup­ports the Greater Syd­ney Com­mis­sion’s North District plans and their ob­jec­tive of in­creased hous­ing.

FOKE has made sub­mis­sions to both the GSC and NSW Plan­ning re­gard­ing their pro­pos­als. These sub­mis­sions are avail­able on the FOKE web­site.

Un­for­tu­nately, we are pro­ceed­ing down a path­way of greater au­toc­racy by NSW Plan­ning and our State Govern­ment. In June, Plan­ning Min­is­ter Roberts rec­om­mended to Cab­i­net to make it manda­tory that Coun­cils set up and use pan­els to de­cide on devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions. Cab­i­net has wisely sought to con­sult on this fur­ther. One of the rea­sons for the demise of the La­bor Govern­ment in NSW in the 2011 elec­tion was these hated Plan­ning Pan­els in­stead of re­liance on com­mu­nity elected coun­cil­lors.

Ap­pallingly, Premier Bere­jik­lian said that the Govern­ment’s “in­ten­tion is much greater use of In­de­pen­dent Hous­ing and As­sess­ment Pan­els (IHAPS)”. This means plan­ning de­ci­sions will again be taken away from the com­mu­nity with lit­tle ac­count­abil­ity for de­vel­op­ments and their ap­proval to res­i­dents. Please make your views on re­turn­ing to the ‘bad old days of manda­tory plan­ning pan­els’ known to your Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby MPs, Alis­ter Henskens, Jonathan O’Dea and Matt Kean.

As part of the 2017 Bud­get pre­sented by NSW Govern­ment on 20 June, the Premier stated there would be a dra­matic in­crease in new hous­ing across Syd­ney. It was made clear that Coun­cils will be un­der pres­sure to re­zone more land for more hous­ing, as part of the state govern­ment's de­ter­mi­na­tion to in­crease the sup­ply of new homes. In Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby we can ex­pect to see more ar­eas zoned for medium den­sity, with fur­ther threats to our green spa­ces.

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