Ecologically Sustainable Sydney
Marghanita da Cruz
B1. What should be included in the objectives of new planning legislation?
The objectives of the new legislation should incorporate:
- the precautionary principle in plan making and assessment (including the ability to monitor, manage and enforce)
- transparent, informed and accountable decision making
- a framework in which social, economic and ecological, short and long term interests are balanced
- supporting IT Systems which provide sufficient and timely information for informed public comment, review and monitoring of conformance of individual developments and the performance of the systems in general (through the reporting of regular performance indicators)
- independent complaints handling, mediation and arbitration appropriate to the scale and stage of development.
B2.Should ecologically sustainable development be the overarching objective of new planning legislation?
Yes and the precautionary principal being applied to the scope and whole
of life ecological impact.
The scope of ecological impact should include biodiversity, energy use, water use, timeframe for renewing resource, whether resource is renewable resource use, waste and human life support (governance, transport, health, education etc).
Information technology and a new planning system
The current plannining Information and Technology (IT) systems simply digitises paper records.
Adopting Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the following ways would deliver process efficiencies, and meet the objectives of the Legislation.
IT Systems should be in the cloud
available across regions which may straddle LGAs and possibly state
Software should be open source and
compliant with HTML Accessibility Standards. This submission is also
available in HTML at
- Provision of RSS Feeds would enable
monitoring of lodgment and progress of Development Applications by
Provision of RSS Feeds could be used
to alert stakeholders to comment period, commencement of work,
issuing of construction certificates, building certificates,
demolition, removal of asbestos, heritage protection, imposition of
conditions of consent etc.
Enable Better use of Email for
notification and comments
Provide a Dashboard and Regular
quarterly reports on a variety of parameters
System should allow for online
comments. Information should be provided in such a way to enable
comments to be linked to relevant parts of a DA and all comments on
relevant parts to be available. Also version control on components
of Application so that changes can be tracked and links to related
comments are not lost.
More transparent identification and
accessibility of applicable planning instruments.
Open standards should be the
objective for plans and information provided so that this can be
Particularly in urban areas there
should be a long term aim to build up a virtual model and to slot
proposed developments into and out of the model. Visualisation will
aid impact assessments such as shadow diagrams, bulk and scale and
impact on infrastructure.
modules about the legislation should be available for all classes of
Competency Based E-Learning for Councilors and Staff of LGA and
State Agencies covering Legislation, Codes of Conduct, Privacy,
GIPA, Security, Records Management and Archiving eg.COMP7420:
Electronic Document and Records Management. 1.COMP7420: Electronic
Document and Records Management.
Local Libraries should become a
place where assistance can be sought in accessing systems including
Data in Planning IT systems should
be relied upon and be the evidence for reviews and appeals.
There should be a standard template
for lodgment and publishing development applications for public
comment and assessments – integrating applicable instruments such
as Legislation, LEP, DCP, Flood Studies and Infrastructure Plans
(Transport, Sewerage, Water, Energy, Health, Education,
The system should extend to include
review and appeals -ie the Land and Environment Court's judgments
should be posted to the system – in context but also available for
Text in all documents must be
Timely Access to all documents
should be consistent with Transparency and Accountability objectives
of the Legislation.
Support an independent complaints
system under an Ombudsman or similar framework
Submission to the NSW Planning System Review Issues Paper Marghanita da Cruz, 1
March 2012 Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: 0414-869202
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