KEY ISSUES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT by lindayy

VIEWS: 10 PAGES: 9

KEY ISSUES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

More Info
									                    The left hand column is an extract from the State Government’s
                           summary of the Planning Reforms 2008 package.

                                                         KEY ISSUES FOR
                                                              LOCAL
                                                          GOVERNMENT
                                                    o   A target of “no more than 25 zones” has
                                                        been set. Does this relate to zones per
                                                        Council or the total zone variety throughout
                                                        the State? Should these and similar
                                                        questions be further clarified?
                                                    o   A reduction in referrals and concurrences is
                                                        proposed upon the adoption of Regional
                                                        Plans. This will result in Local Government
                                                        undertaking an assessment on previously
                                                        State Government assessed matters. How
                                                        will this additional assessment workload
                                                        impact upon on the objective of greater
                                                        efficiency of the broader process and should
                                                        Councils receive an increase in fee income?
                                                    o   Exempt development is to be increased in all
                                                        areas except heritage related places and
                                                        “street-facing development” and “inundation
                                                        zones”. Should these matters be more
                                                        clearly defined and what implications do they
                                                        have for future Development Plan
                                                        Amendments?
                                                    o   While increases in exempt and building –
                                                        complying development are proposed, no
                                                        attention has been paid to the enforcement
                                                        of breaches of the Development Act. Should
                                                        Councils be responsible for addressing
                                                        disputes relating to these forms of
                                                        development?
                                                    o   If private certifiers are empowered to issue
                                                        Development Approvals for building-
                                                        complying development should the certifier
                                                        become the relevant authority for dispute
                                                        resolution and enforcement and carry the
                                                        legal liability?
                                                    o   It is recognised that the Residential Code
                                                        should preserve areas with a character set
                                                        before 1930. Should the Code seek to
                                                        support the next “age” of heritage and
                                                        character (i.e. exemplar architecture from
                                                        more recent periods)?



      DME41249                                                                               Page 1 of 9




Planning Reform – Planning Review Overview –
June 2008
                    The left hand column is an extract from the State Government’s
                           summary of the Planning Reforms 2008 package.

                                                       KEY ISSUES FOR
                                                            LOCAL
                                                        GOVERNMENT

                                                   o   Regional Plans are to be informed by the SA
                                                       Strategic Plan – are Councils guaranteed
                                                       sufficient input to this document (present and
                                                       future editions)?
                                                   o   Should Local Government play a more
                                                       directive role in Regional Plans?
                                                   o   A 25-30 year Regional Plan is not proposed for
                                                       non-metropolitan Regional Plans. Should
                                                       these plans have a shorter time frame given
                                                       the investment growth in this element of the
                                                       State’s economy?
                                                   o   Is it realistic that the Regional Plan for Adelaide
                                                       can be prepared properly by the June quarter
                                                       2009?
                                                   o   Given that some Councils collect up-to-date
                                                       spatial information, what allowance will be
                                                       made for Councils to influence regional
                                                       population and supply targets?
                                                   o   Who will develop the performance targets?
                                                   o   How will key performance targets be measured
                                                       given that some are qualitative in nature (e.g.
                                                       water quality and energy efficiency)?
                                                   o   Once Regional Plans are established, it is
                                                       proposed that referrals and concurrences will
                                                       be removed from the development assessment
                                                       process. How will Regional Plans be
                                                       incorporated into a Development Plan and how
                                                       will they provide sufficient technical policy
                                                       guidance to impact on referrals given their
                                                       higher level policy function?
                                                   o   Should the monitoring of compliance with
                                                       performance standards occur for State
                                                       Government referral agencies and the
                                                       Development Assessment Commission
                                                       equally?
                                                   o   Should the improved definition of Major
                                                       Projects or Development avoid the need for a
                                                       “non-statutory policy” outlining affected
                                                       development and when the State Government
                                                       will intervene?


      DME41249                                                                                  Page 2 of 9




Planning Reform – Planning Review Overview –
June 2008
                    The left hand column is an extract from the State Government’s
                           summary of the Planning Reforms 2008 package.

                                                           KEY ISSUES FOR
                                                                LOCAL
                                                            GOVERNMENT
                                                   o   If the Planning Strategy and Regional Plans set
                                                       the high level policy platform and Structure
                                                       Plans are established primarily by State
                                                       Government (based on TOD and urban growth
                                                       priorities) and ‘Better Development Plans’ is to
                                                       become mandatory, how much strategic
                                                       planning is left for Local Government?
                                                   o   Employment targets are to be set for Council
                                                       areas. Development Plan policies and land
                                                       supply will assist in jobs growth, however what
                                                       other support will be provided to Local
                                                       Government to ensure a whole-of-government
                                                       approach is applied to this objective (e.g.
                                                       education, training, migration)?
                                                   o   Why have Development Plans been
                                                       specifically excused from a role in ensuring
                                                       energy efficiency and climate targets and
                                                       reliance been placed on the Building Code
                                                       when planning policies are best placed to
                                                       manage building design, allotment orientation,
                                                       relationships between buildings, roof
                                                       orientation for solar collection and other non-
                                                       structural solutions?
                                                   o   Should Regional Plans and Structure Plans
                                                       supporting the Planning Strategy be clear
                                                       enough to avoid the need for a “non-statutory
                                                       policy” prepared by the State Government
                                                       listing the types of development that are Major
                                                       Projects and Developments and important to
                                                       the State?
                                                   o   Should the Planning Strategy assume pre-
                                                       eminence over other departmental strategic
                                                       plans (e.g. SA Housing Plan, SA Infrastructure
                                                       Plan) and should previous versions of these
                                                       plans be updated to accord with the revised 30
                                                       year plan?




      DME41249                                                                                Page 3 of 9




Planning Reform – Planning Review Overview –
June 2008
                     The left hand column is an extract from the State Government’s
                            summary of the Planning Reforms 2008 package.


                                                           KEY ISSUES FOR
                                                                LOCAL
                                                            GOVERNMENT

            … continued                              See previous page.




      DME41249                                                                        Page 4 of 9




Planning Reform – Planning Review Overview –
June 2008
                    The left hand column is an extract from the State Government’s
                           summary of the Planning Reforms 2008 package.


                                                             KEY ISSUES FOR
                                                                  LOCAL
                                                              GOVERNMENT
                                                   o   What incentives (other than supportive planning
                                                       policies) will be introduced to facilitate the
                                                       development of TODs when available land is held
                                                       by multiple private owners?
                                                   o   How will the level of integration sought (i.e.
                                                       housing, commercial and community facilities) be
                                                       facilitated in TOD’s and Growth Precincts should
                                                       multiple land ownership occur in preferred areas?
                                                   o   Should Councils be able to access and receive
                                                       support from the suggested urban design panels
                                                       for non-TOD related developments which have
                                                       significant public realm impacts?




      DME41249                                                                               Page 5 of 9




Planning Reform – Planning Review Overview –
June 2008
                    The left hand column is an extract from the State Government’s
                           summary of the Planning Reforms 2008 package.




                                                         KEY ISSUES FOR
                                                              LOCAL
                                                          GOVERNMENT
                                                   o   With the objective of an increase in infill
                                                       housing development, does the State
                                                       Government consider stormwater and road
                                                       infrastructure as an item of investment
                                                       required to support a 30 year plan and will
                                                       it financially assist Local Government in
                                                       this respect?




      DME41249                                                                               Page 6 of 9




Planning Reform – Planning Review Overview –
June 2008
                    The left hand column is an extract from the State Government’s
                           summary of the Planning Reforms 2008 package.



                                                          KEY ISSUES FOR
                                                               LOCAL
                                                           GOVERNMENT
                                                    o   What level of consultation will occur with
                                                        Local Government and the broader
                                                        community in relation to Structure Plans?
                                                    o   What statutory process will be established
                                                        to facilitate structure planning across all
                                                        regions?




      DME41249                                                                               Page 7 of 9




Planning Reform – Planning Review Overview –
June 2008
                    The left hand column is an extract from the State Government’s
                           summary of the Planning Reforms 2008 package.



                                                         KEY ISSUES FOR
                                                              LOCAL
                                                          GOVERNMENT
                                                    o   Does the merging of the Planning Strategy
                                                        volumes into new regions for the purpose of
                                                        the Regional Plans have any implications for
                                                        Council organisations, funding, Development
                                                        Plans or regional assessment
                                                        processes/structures?
                                                    o   Could the proposed Regional Plans and
                                                        consequential regions form the basis for
                                                        establishing Regional Development
                                                        Assessment Panels?
                                                    o   Better Development Plan conversions will
                                                        require updating to reflect Regional Plans,
                                                        should this level of duplication be avoided so
                                                        as to avoid a further drain on Council
                                                        resources?
                                                    o   The Planning and Development Review
                                                        states that non-metropolitan Regional Plans
                                                        “must be stand-alone documents to reflect
                                                        and respond to unique needs”, however it is
                                                        also suggested that the adoption of Regional
                                                        Plans will reduce the number of referrals and
                                                        concurrences. How is this achievable given
                                                        that this will require integration with
                                                        Development Plans?
                                                    o   Is the abolition of informal referrals
                                                        desirable?
                                                    o   Should attempts be made to ensure that
                                                        referral agencies avoid providing conflicting
                                                        advice and should it be the role of the
                                                        suggested “accredited panels” to ensure that
                                                        all advice to Councils provides a consistent
                                                        and timely view from State Government?
                                                    o   Should incentives be provided to Councils
                                                        within each region to enable further
                                                        Development Plan Amendments to occur on
                                                        a regional basis?




      DME41249                                                                                   Page 8 of 9




Planning Reform – Planning Review Overview –
June 2008
                    The left hand column is an extract from the State Government’s
                           summary of the Planning Reforms 2008 package.

                                                          KEY ISSUES FOR
                                                               LOCAL
                                                           GOVERNMENT
                                                    o   Should a separate Planning Department
                                                        have the power to require other departments
                                                        to provide data (e.g. housing prices, land
                                                        values, water catchment, native vegetation
                                                        clearance, public transport demand, jobs
                                                        growth) to enable accurate measurement of
                                                        targets contained in Regional Plans?
                                                    o   If the LGA is to be charged with the
                                                        responsibility to “roll out” the SA Residential
                                                        Code, should it also be charged with the
                                                        responsibility and appropriately resourced to
                                                        oversee the monitoring of the Code and
                                                        suggested amendments?
                                                    o   Should a separate Planning Department be
                                                        charged with the specific responsibility of
                                                        ensuring that applicants (ranging from single
                                                        proponents to repeat professional
                                                        proponents) and the broader community are
                                                        aware of the impacts the planning reforms so
                                                        as to ensure that Local Government is not
                                                        left with this responsibility?
                                                    o   If Local Government is best placed to
                                                        educate developers and the community
                                                        should additional funds or education
                                                        resources be made available to ensure that
                                                        this occurs evenly and in a timely manner
                                                        across the State?
                                                    o   Given that a proposed objective of the
                                                        Planning and Development Review is to
                                                        streamline assessment processes and “free-
                                                        up” finite planning skills resources, should a
                                                        separate Planning Department also be
                                                        charged with monitoring resource impacts
                                                        and coordinating the supply of planning
                                                        “human resources”?
                                                    o   Should any progress to average approval
                                                        time related system indicator data be
                                                        predicated on the adoption of a system of
                                                        electronic lodgement for all non-land division
                                                        related applications?



      DME41249                                                                                Page 9 of 9




Planning Reform – Planning Review Overview –
June 2008

								
To top