Tiley labels DA plans ?a slap in the face

BY ADRIAN MILLER

CLARENCE Valley Council mayor Ian Tiley is urging the Carr Government to reconsider plans which he believes will erode the power of local governments.

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Craig Knowles has reportedly held secret discussions with powerful lobby groups regarding developers being allowed to by-pass local councils completely when submitting development applications for significant projects.

This would mean local councils would have no say in the approval, or rejection, of large developments. Cr Tiley said local councils should be given the right to handle decisions which affect their area.

"It is a slap in the face of local governments and I urge the state government to let the Clarence Valley Council be given the opportunity to show what it can do, that it can mediate and provide good outcomes," Cr Tiley said.

Through the Environment, Planning and Assessment Act, the State Government has the power to take over responsibility of developments deemed to be of state significance.

Under the State Environmental Planning Policy, the government can also take control of major tourist and industry developments along the entire coastline of NSW.

Cr Tiley said because of these acts the new plans being discussed were superfluous.

"It is just not necessary. Under the acts, the State Government has significant powers already," he said.



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