NSW zoning appeals will boost housing supply, jobs

NSW zoning appeals will boost housing supply, jobs

Posted on Monday, October 29 2012 at 3:51 PM

Rejected rezoning applications could soon be appealed and reassessed independently, the New South Wales Government has announced.

Development industry representative group
Urban Taskforce praised the proposal, which it says is a “great step forward”
in boosting dwelling supply and supporting jobs.

The organisation’s chief executive officer
Chris Johnson believes “many reasonable development projects” have been lost
over the years due to the inability to appeal rezoning decisions.

“The industry has been frustrated by the
inability to have a review of rezoning proposals that are refused for new
housing or other building types (but) have merit,” Johnson says.

“There are often changing circumstances or
cases where local plans don’t reflect higher level strategic plans that lead to
a different type of development from that defined in a local plan.”

Under the proposal, council refusals could
be referred to the Joint Regional Planning Panel. Refusals made by the Department
of Planning would be referrers to the Planning Assessment Commission.

Johnson described the plan as a “sensible
way of getting an independent assessment of decisions”.

planners at a state and local level have many skills, they’re not at the coalface
of marketplace changes, often driven by new forms of technology or social
changes,” he says.

taking the risk of developing in a changing market place are often closer to
market trends and the reality of consumer preferences.” 

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