Good work members!

A BIG thanks to member groups who wrote submissions to the ‘Development Assessment Regulations and Practice Directions’. Fortunately, members of Community Alliance were given an extension to 15 March and we were able to include nine fantastic submissions in our ‘bundle’.

It was not an easy job for our community groups who rely soley on volunteers to undertake this very complex and demanding work.  In contrast, lobby groups for the property industry  have the benefit of paid staff to do their bidding.

Our members pointed out many issues that require attention in their submissions, including risks to significant trees, the continuing arbitrary referral of larger developments to the State Planning Commission, virtually no demolition controls for single storey buildings, automatic deemed consent for delayed planning decisions, further loss of representation rights, reduced assessment timeframes amongst others.

You can view our member submissions on our website via the ‘Resources/Useful Information’ tab.  You can also have a look at what other organisations and individuals have submitted by going to the DPTI website . To see them, you’ll have to scroll down and click on ‘View Closed Consultations’, and then click on ‘Development Assessment Regulations’.

There is still a long road ahead with the planning reforms that are being implemented very quickly. Phase One of the new Planning and Design Code is out for consultation now until 29 March.  This is for the ‘Outback’ areas, land not within a council area.  However it also includes the sea, so the title of the document is a bit misleading. To view the Community Guide to this document, go to the DPTI website here. If anyone would like to include any points in the Community Alliance submission, please email Tom Matthews at

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