Challenging planning and development protocols, and being fobbed off, is something Beachmere peoples can relate to, right? Well embedded in some novel legislation are even more obstacles to doing that.
The Queensland Government has released two draft bills which are set to repeal the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld): the draft Planning and Development Bill and draft Planning and Environment Court Bill. Some changes are significant and will affect all planning and development in Queensland.
It appears the new legislation will give local councils more power over which types of development will be open to public notification and appeals, as councils can choose to remove public participation rights.
EDO Qld has produced fact-sheets to help explain the changes and what they will mean for you and your community.
The facts sheets cover:
Submissions on the Bills are open until 26 September 2014.
EDO Qld has made a template with suggested wording for your own submission, which you can download here. Submissions then need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further Government information on the Bills, visit here.