Though NSW Planning has still not mandated the highly destructive Complying Medium Density Code, it has formed the basis of the infill development plans that supports the Greater Sydney Commission’s North District plans and their objective of increased housing capacity.
FOKE has made submissions to both the GSC and NSW Planning regarding their proposals. These submissions are available on the FOKE website.
Unfortunately, we are proceeding down a pathway of greater autocracy by NSW Planning and our State Government. In June, Planning Minister Roberts recommended to Cabinet to make it mandatory that Councils set up and use panels to decide on development applications. Cabinet has wisely sought to consult on this further. One of the reasons for the demise of the Labor Government in NSW in the 2011 election was these hated Planning Panels instead of reliance on community elected councillors.
Appallingly, Premier Berejiklian said that the Government’s “intention is much greater use of Independent Housing and Assessment Panels (IHAPS)”. This means planning decisions will again be taken away from the community with little accountability for developments and their approval to residents. Please make your views on returning to the ‘bad old days of mandatory planning panels’ known to your Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby MPs, Alister Henskens, Jonathan O’Dea and Matt Kean.
As part of the 2017 Budget presented by NSW Government on 20 June, the Premier stated there would be a dramatic increase in new housing across Sydney. It was made clear that Councils will be under pressure to rezone more land for more housing, as part of the state government’s determination to increase the supply of new homes. In Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby we can expect to see more areas zoned for medium density, with further threats to our green spaces.
Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment is a community group which proudly promotes the natural, built and cultural heritage of Ku-ring-gai. For more information visit www.foke.org.au.