Planning tweaks introduced

Mick Gentleman

MICK Gentleman has introduced an omnibus bill that makes a number of minor changes to Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) legislation.

“The Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (No. 2) is part of EPD’s omnibus legislation amendment bill process which provides an efficient avenue for consideration of minor matters in a consolidated single bill,” Mick.

The Bill makes minor policy, technical and editorial amendments to legislation including requirements for building approvals for work that is considered exempt from requiring development approval (DA).

“It requires certifiers, when issuing building approval, to produce a notice on why the work is considered DA exempt.

“This change was to provide greater transparency around documentation of DA exempt development.

“This change to the Building Act and Building (General) Regulation will provide a useful record of the decision and reasoning behind it.”

The bill also amends the Planning and Development Act to allow the Planning Minister to make minor amendments to DAs decided by the Minister under call in powers.

“This fixes the anomaly where the planning and land authority could make small but necessary changes to a DA, but the Minister did not have the specific power to do the same.

“The bill also contains minor technical and editorial amendments including correction of typographical errors and updates to section references to Acts and Regulations,” Minister Gentleman said.

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