South West Sydney
Part 3A bites the dust, but Parramatta Council wants JRPP’s to go next
Parramatta Lord Mayor John Chedid
But Parramatta'sLord Mayor, John Chedid, wants the O'Farrell government to go further and will write to the NSW Government requesting that Joint Regional Planning Panels (JRPP) be abolished, along with the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (AHSEPP). The Affordable Rental Housing Plan has been met with considerable backlash in the Parramatta Council area, with locals frustrated that this type of housing is being forced upon them by the State Government that doesn't comply with local planning standards and concerned about the impact it will have on local house prices and character of the suburbs.
Parramatta Council argues that the JRPPs were remove 'the voice of councils in the assessment of development proposals and also limits the ability of residents to raise their concerns.'
“Both these State planning controls were introduced by the previous State Government and have negatively impacted the way major local developments are considered,” Cr Chedid said.
“There is little evidence to show that these controls speed up the approval process, and the only thing they managed to successfully achieve was strip local communities of having a say when it comes to the future amenity of their neighbourhoods,” he added.
“I commend the new State Government for its recent action on Part 3A legislation; it is a positive step forward, and I’m also confident it will take Council’s position seriously.”
Cr Chedid also hopes to meet with Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Planning, Brad Hazzard, shortly to better understand how the transition arrangements will work now that new Part 3A applications will no longer be accepted.
There are up to 500 Part 3A applications in the system, many of which were submitted in the months before the State Election.
“Councils need to be consulted on the nature of the transitional arrangements and which applications will be referred back to them for determination,” Cr Chedid said.
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