Media release - Local government sector backs Planning Minister | LGNSW

Media release - Local government sector backs Planning Minister

18 May 2018

NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts had demonstrated his commitment to listening to the community and working with councils to deliver the best possible housing outcomes, Local Government NSW (LGNSW) said today.

LGNSW President Linda Scott welcomed the Minister’s decision to order a pause on the breakneck pace of development in two local government areas to allow the necessary infrastructure to catch up.

Minister Roberts suspended new planning proposals and the introduction of a new low-rise, medium-density housing code in the areas of Ryde and Canterbury-Bankstown, in a move Clr Scott said was a strong response to community needs.

“It’s too easy to approach difficult issues in an adversarial manner, which is when compromise and good outcomes get lost,” she said.

“By working constructively with councils the Minister has shown he’s committed to achieving those good outcomes, and I thank him for listening on this issue.

“I also thank him for the fair hearing he gave LGNSW when we met with him this week, and his willingness to continue to hear the concerns of other local government areas who find themselves with similar concerns.”

Clr Scott said at least ten councils had expressed concerns around Planning Proposals by developers seeking land rezoning, and the introduction of the new Medium Density Housing Code into low density housing zones.

“It’s disappointing to see the property lobby launching such vitriolic attacks on the Government and Minister Roberts as a result of this common-sense decision to step back temporarily and take a breath in two specific areas,” Clr Scott said.

“This is not an end to residential development, and wild predictions of soaring house prices or the undermining of district plans is the type of hyperbole that got us to an unbalanced development position in some areas in the first place.

“We are not Chicken Little and the sky will not fall just because we’ve pressed the pause button.

“The Minister has made a sensible, temperate decision, which is exactly what we should be able to expect from every sphere of government.

 “Concerns about overdevelopment really take root when there is insufficient supporting community infrastructure to maintain a quality of life for residents,” she said.

 “The Greater Sydney Commission agrees that some areas are experiencing very substantial pressure from residential development.

“This pause is simply designed to allow everyone to catch up with the infrastructure that makes any area liveable.

“The local government sector commends Minister Roberts for his consultative approach, and looks forward to continuing to work with him to deliver for the people of NSW.”

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