Opinion Piece: Where is the Evidence that Councils are Blocking Developments & a New Process is Required?
PMAT State Director
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What is the real reason why the Minister for Planning Michael Ferguson, wants to create DAPs (Development Assessment Panels) to allow property developers to bypass local councils and communities and remove appeal rights?
According to Peter McGlone, CEO of the Tasmanian Conservation Trust, the real reason is simple: There have been a few very large and controversial developments stopped like kunanyi/Mt Wellington cable car, Cambria development near Swansea and high-rise buildings in Hobart.
The Planning Minister wants to create a new process that offers developers an assured way to get big, controversial projects approved that cuts out councillors, removes appeal rights and ignores community concerns.
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