Was Mayor Karen Williams’ self referral to the CCC a cynical media stunt? Upset by social media criticism of herself, the Mayor sought a clean bill of health from the State’s prime anti-corruption agency. In essence she said that people had been calling her names and asked for the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) to […]
Over the past 18 months Redlands2030 has been shining a spotlight on the Redland City Council. We have highlighted: Political donations and conflicts of interest Council’s plans for rezoning and sale of local parks Council’s secretive Development Industry Reference Group Our initiatives have made it easier for people to: Find out about nearby development applications […]
Draft City Plan 2015 Consultation about the Council’s proposed new planning scheme has been underway for two weeks. An issue of concern to many people and groups in the community is Council’s plan to rezone many small parks and conservation areas for residential development, discussed in this Redlands2030 report. City Plan information sessions this week: […]
Preserving 150 years of heritage was the subject of an address to Redland City Council at its General Meeting on 23 September. President of the Birkdale Progress Association, Pam Spence, urged councillors to act now and purchase Willards Farm so it can become a a cultural hub for tourism that generates local jobs and supports […]
Nearly a year ago, at one of its many non-public meetings, Redland City Council discussed the idea of selling off many pieces of community owned land: parks, conservation areas and open space. Then Council decided, at a closed session of its Meeting on 26 November 2014, to set up a property investment company to be […]
New planning framework: much more work to be done, for community rights and for the environment
Details of an EDO Qld event
Queensland’s planning reforms have entered their second stage, with the release 10th September of an exposure draft of the proposed new framework. And there’s still a lot of work to be done! While some nuances of the current framework have been simplified, and Court costs rules partly restored to previous ‘own costs’ rules, the environment and community rights have not come out better and in many ways are actually worse off!
Don’t miss our free community forum on the new Queensland planning framework, Tuesday 29 September at South Bank. RSVP Now!
We have produced three tables analysing how the framework delivers on key areas of concern:
- Protecting nature
- Community participation in decision making
- Open, transparent, accountable planning framework
In summary, our key concerns are:
- The principles of ‘ecological sustainable development’ are not adequately provided for or defined;
- Climate change and the environment only get tokenistic mention;
- Development assessment provisions are now provided in Rules which can be easily changed at the whim of any government;
- More flexibility is given to local governments in deciding content of local planning instruments, leading to inconsistency between local government areas in planning approaches;
- State Assessment Referral Agency is being maintained – meaning our State specialist departments only have ‘advice’ agency status and cannot require refusal, approval or conditions as they previously could;
- Costs orders may be made against third parties who take enforcement action under the Act. This was not provided for in SPA prior to LNP changes and does not follow through on Labor’s pre-election commitment; and
- No detail in the Act provided prescribing the types of documents that must be made accessible to the public – these are provided in the Regulation which is easier to change.
Submissions are due by 6pm on Friday 23 October.
Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) is an independent
community legal centre that helps people use the law to protect the environment.
Here is a link to the EDO Qld website
||September 29, 2015
||EDO Forum - Queensland's new planning laws
Communities across south-east Queensland are up in arms about development approvals which don’t seem consistent with planning scheme guidelines. Redland City examples include plans for an eight story building in a near CBD area zoned for five storeys, and several instances where medium density developments are proposed in areas zoned for detached dwellings. These inconsistencies […]
New boundaries for Council election The next Redland City Council election, on 19 March 2016, will be held using new electoral boundaries for the 10 councillor divisions. Changes have been proposed by the Local Government Change Commission in a Proposed Determination report. The proposed changes to boundaries can be viewed with interactive mapping. Objections to […]
This week the community finally got a chance to see the Draft City plan 2015. Our letters to the editor (and a song) touch on issues that will be important for our City’s development for many years to come. Make sure your voice is heard. Letters to the Editor can now be emailed to: email@example.com […]
Australia may be one of the most liveable places in the world, but a new report ranks us in the middle when it comes to sustainability. Of the 34 OECD countries, Australia ranked 18th. The report compared OECD countries’ performance against the new Sustainable Development Goals, to be formalised in New York at the end […]
It’s 10 months since Redlands2030 started to investigate the Redland City Council’s Development Industry Reference Group. We’ve uncovered a tale of regular closed door meetings between senior council planners and major developers so secret not even the names of those present were ever to be publicly released. The conversations were just as secret until Council […]
Council threatens residents with legal action Redland City Council’s Legal Officer has written to at least five residents about their allegedly defamatory comments. It appears that the issue was sparked by comments residents made in response to an on-line petition titled Vote of No Confidence for Redland City Mayor Karen Williams. This petition was raised […]
Do you want practical ideas for making your home more environmentally sustainable? Awarding winning sustainable energy consultant, Trevor Berrill, will be opening his home to the public as part of Sustainable House Day on Sunday, 13 September. This is a national event that allows the public to see sustainability in practice. It is run by […]
Is it OK for Redland City Council to approve medium density units in an urban residential zone? Not a problem say the Council’s planning staff who have recommended that councillors approve such a development at their meeting on Wednesday. This development proposal, for land next to St Rita’s School in Victoria Point, has caused angst […]
Are Redland City councillors always acting in the public interest? They constantly make decisions which can greatly benefit individuals and business. Contracts worth millions of dollars are at stake. Favorable planning and approval decisions can make landowners in the ‘right’ area enormously wealthy, with the potential to make property more valuable overnight. Councillors must exercise […]