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Our Council has now sent a letter to everyone who made a submission to the Residential Development (Zones and Policy Areas) Development Plan Amendment advising that a public information session will be held on 23rd of September in the Norwood Concert Hall. Council's letter states -
This information session will provide you with a further opportunity to engage with Elected members and Council staff on various aspects of the proposed policies. The information session will be followed by a meeting of the Council's Strategic Planning and development Policy Committee, which is scheduled to be held on Monday 14th October 2013, at the Norwood Town Hall. Residents and other members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting.
Our Association does not know what changes to the proposed zoning changes Council staff have prepared for Council's consideration. We urge concerned residents to keep in touch with their local councillors to seek any information you can obtain. Please feel free to ring me on 8362 1152 if you have any queries which our Association may be able to help you with.
Our understanding of the timelines for approval of the residential DPA are:
23 September: Public meeting in Norwood Concert Hall: this will be an interactive "information session" rather than a formal meeting. If many people turn up, Council will break people into smaller groups for discussion. Some options will be considered. No decisions will be made by Council at this meeting.
14 October: Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee (consisting of all councillors) will meet to consider staff redrafts of parts of the DPA. A vote will be made at this meeting to give clear directions to planning staff.Later in the year, probably close to Christmas, final planning recommendations from planning staff will be presented to the Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee. A decision will need to be made about whether further public consultation on aspects of the DPA is warranted, if significant changes are proposed to what was originally presented in the draft DPA.
Later in the year, probably close to Christmas, final planning recommendations from planning staff will be presented to the Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee. A decision will need to be made about whether further public consultation on aspects of the DPA is warranted, if significant changes are proposed to what was originally presented in the draft DPA.
Depending on the issue of further public consultation there is some uncertainty about final dates. But planning staff think that this DPA will probably be approved and sent off to Planning Minister John Rau for approval early in 2014.
Our Association again urges people to come along to as many of these meetings as possible to maintain the pressure on Council to listen to the voice of the people. It is especially crucial that residents attend the meeting at which their elected representatives vote on development controls which will impact on residents' quality of life for many years to come."
Council planning staff Carlos Buzzetti (telephone 8366 4562) and Eleanor Walters (telephone 8366 4521) are available to advise residents generally on the draft DPA and the processes leading up to the Council's final decision.
Evonne Moore (spokesperson)