Labor's destructive Part 3A ends
Written on the 23 June 2011
The NSW Government has honoured its pre-election commitment to repeal Labor’s destructive Part 3A legislation, which led to the stench of corruption in planning in NSW.
Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly MP, says it’s an historic step forward in the Government’s commitment to clean up planning and make NSW number one again.
“Under the new legislation around half of the projects in the Blacktown and Hawkesbury areas, previously assessed under Part 3A will be returned to local councils.
‘The new system will ensure the Government only gets involved in projects of genuine state significance and returns everything else to local government.’
Projects considered to be of state significance will include: major port and wharf facilities, rail projects, coal mines, water supply works, large-scale manufacturing and industrial processing factories, as well as major health and education projects.
‘Importantly, residential, retail and commercial developments will now be assessed by local councils’, Mr Conolly said.
Local government will also be better represented on Joint Regional Planning Panels (JRPPs), through a more consultative chairperson appointment process.
With an increase in threshold from $10 to $20 million for JRPP determinations, councils in the Blacktown and Hawkesbury areas will now be responsible for determining significantly more projects.
“This is an exciting time for local communities – the start of a new planning approach, characterised by transparency, integrity and respect for local government and residents’, Mr Conolly said.
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