Southern Mallee District Council Policy Register Town Improvement Keywords: Reference Number: Strategic Plan: Classification: Public - Corporate Policy First Issued/Approved: Review Frequency: Annually Last Reviewed: August 2009 Next Review Due: August 2010 Responsible Officer(s): CEO Council File Reference: Applicable Legislation: Relevant Policies: Related Procedures: Delegations: It has for sometime been this Council's policy to upgrade the standard of all classes of buildings and structures, to encourage the demolition of unsightly and/or unsafe buildings and to generally clean up land of premise within the towns which are in an untidy state. It is not, however, Council's policy, where responsible action must be taken, to evict persons who have no where else to go, from their homes, except perhaps where a building is definitely considered unsafe. Opportunities which cause the least hardship to people are the most desirable times to act. As a further consideration, Council waives the fees payable under the Development Act for demolitions. Where ever practicable negotiations will be entered into with the owners of such property, as has been done in the past, with the exception of one case of a dangerous structure. Council will be actively pursuing this policy for the following reasons:- • Unsightly and unsafe buildings are a potential danger to those who live in them and to surrounding neighbours and financially disadvantages surrounding landowners. • To remove undesirable features and make way for redevelopment. • Tidiness, environmental improvement and beautification make a town a better place for residents to live in, and more appealing to visitors and tourists.
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