Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Planning; Disability Services

    Minister refuses Cambridge Amendment 31

    5/09/2016 4:10 PM
     
    • Amendment 31 to Town of Cambridge planning scheme refused

    Planning Minister Donna Faragher today notified the Town of Cambridge that she had refused Amendment 31 to the town's planning scheme.

     

    "In the context of various advice received and considering the range of views, I sought and obtained further advice from the Department of Planning, including advice on the scope and effect of the relevant regulatory changes which were enacted late last year," Mrs Faragher said.

     

    "Given the advice and those discussions, I have decided against progressing with Amendment 31 in its current form as the eventual outcome is unlikely to be one that would be supported.

     

    "I have therefore determined that Amendment 31 be refused."

     

    The amendment was proposed to meet the Liberal National Government's infill and housing diversity strategy.  As part of the approval process, a number of modifications had been made to the amendment which were due to be advertised this week.

     

    The Minister met with the council last month and was advised that the town had engaged consultants to progress a local planning strategy and that this strategy would address the aims of the amendment in a different way.

     

    Mrs Faragher said Mayor Kerri Shannon and chief executive officer Jason Buckley also said the town planned to initiate a new amendment once that strategy was completed.

     

    The Minister sought further advice from the Department of Planning in relation to the matter.

     

    "I am steadfastly committed to the Government's objective of achieving a more compact and connected city and am resolute that all local government areas have a part to play," she said.

     

    Mrs Faragher has requested that the town formulates a planning approach, within an appropriate timeframe, that responded to the need to create opportunities to provide infill and housing diversity within its jurisdiction. 

     

    Fact File

    • Amendment 31 was initiated by the Town of Cambridge in February, 2015
    • Modifications to the amendment were required as part of the planning process
    • The Town of Cambridge will now progress a local planning strategy 

    Minister's office - 6552 5300

     

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