Saturday, September 13, 2008

Council delegates all planning decisions to CEO over January

Cr Rose Iser has expressed concern about Council delegating all urgent Town Planning applications to the Chief Executive between December 16th 2008 and February 2009.

“Council has just put developers on notice that, in Moonee Valley, there will be virtually no political scrutiny of planning decisions that need to be made over January,” said Cr Iser.

“Council has an invaluable role in overseeing planning decisions and has supported community concerns by successfully modifying about 60% of the applications that come to Council meetings for a decision. Very few of these Councillor amendments have been successfully challenged at VCAT,” she said.

“It is of great concern that an outgoing Council is binding a new Council to a decision making process – hopefully a new Council will be enthusiastic about dealing with planning matters and will manage to do so over summer,” Cr Iser said.

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