Legislation sought to ensure contentious development applications are not approved during local council election caretaker period
Member for Buderim Steve Dickson believes contentious development application approvals should not be made solely by council officers under delegation during the local council election caretaker period.
“Members of the public have a right to lodge submissions on impact assessable developments in their neighbourhoods, and they also need to feel confident that all aspects of a development are properly considered by Council. Concerns are often made direct to their local councillor who should have a say in the assessment process. It is important that this vital process is not compromised simply due to the timing of an election and its caretaker period,” Mr Dickson said.
Mr Dickson has today (15.09) raised the matter with the state government through a Question on Notice to the Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad MP.
The Question on Notice read: “Can the Minister detail what action she has taken, or will take, to ensure that decisions on contentious impact assessable developments are not made solely by council officers under delegation during the a caretaker period prior to the local Government election due to be held in March 2016.”
Minister Trad has 30 days to provide a response.
Mr Dickson said, “This issue was raised during an information session that I hosted on the proposed Mackenzie Aged Care facility in Burnett Street. I assured the 150 residents in attendance that I would raise the matter with the Minister.”
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