It’s complicated! That was the one thing we all agreed upon at last night’s information session on the Heritage and Character position papers recently released by the State Planning Commission. Hosted by the Commission’s Chair Michael Lennon, the rationale behind the proposed policies were explained followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
It was a great opportunity to learn more about the policy details that may be included in Phase Two of the Draft Planning and Design Code. There wasn’t enough time to have all our questions answered, but we hope to get these in writing from the Commission next week which we will share with members and available on our website. Click below to have a look at the compiled list of questions that members provided in advance as well as Mr Lennon’s presentation.
It’s important to keep writing to your local MPs requesting that Contributory Items, Historic Conservation Zones and Character Areas all retain the highest level of protection. And be careful with the word “Heritage”, as some planners only equate the word to listed buildings under the Planning Act, and not Contributory Items. So if you want Contributory Items protected be specific. If you’re stuck, don’t forget the letter-writing guide in our Heritage Campaign Kit.
We reminded the Commissioner and DPTI staff that members of Community Alliance groups are all volunteers and that we’ll need plenty of time to get our heads around the draft code, consult with members and make quality submissions.
Keep your diary free for our next General Meeting on Thursday, 22 August at 7pm at the Box Factory. Another dynamic panel session will be lined up to make sure things don’t stay complicated for too much longer!
In closing, it’s really important to have your say on the consultation process to date so we can make give feedback to the Commission, so click here to complete a quick survey.