Phone 4325 7369     Fax 4339 2307     Email us.

Skip Navigation Links.
Collapse Issue 440 - 12 Mar 2018Issue 440 - 12 Mar 2018
Collapse  NEWS NEWS
Peninsula identified as having high gambling risk
Petition calls on council to reinstate play equipment
Injured girls waits 24 hours for rescue
Council grants six non-complying DAs in three months
'Standards set out in DCP have not been complied with'
Construction certificate issued for multi-dwelling project
Endangered bushland is not 'significant' to Council
Council works start ahead of schedule
Liberal and Labor lobby for position on dredge purchase
Innovative waterways solutions needed, says Holstein
Council is procrastinating, says Chamber
Woy Woy tip to get upgrades
No jetski incidents were reported
Fuel prices continue to be up to 35 cents higher
Award recipient objects to nursing home
Petition calls for skate park upgrade
Holstein to seek council support for rail underpass
Floating pontoons should replace wharf, says Mehrtens
Book fair on Easter Saturday at Pearl Beach
No start date set for on-demand buses, says Tesch
New members at Rotary
Wicks starts roads petition
Candidate blames state of roads for pensioner's fall
Umina woman chosen for council advisory group
Agency helps prepare wills and powers of attorney
Top real estate performers
Collapse  FORUM FORUM
Precedence is not acceptable for flaunting the rules
Planning codes and standards do not meet the need
Planning democracy? Not from this council
'Significant' applies to issues raised, not numbers
Flood level can be a matter of life and death
The most streets without footpaths?
Better use for sandstone blocks
Revisit 1977 breakwater option
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Disability service provider opens homes at Booker Bay
Lifeline presents domestic violence awareness session
Patients pay $32.45 to see a doctor, says candidate
Bulk-billing rate rises to 86.6 per cent
Lifeline presents suicide intervention session
Discount during International Coeliac Week
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Proceeds to Rotary projects
Pearl Beach artist presents wildlife exhibition
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Parents told of play equipment ban
Maintenance work at Woy Woy
Sandpit toys wanted
Registered for action against bullying
Polynesian dance troupe
School musical is planned
Collapse  SPORT SPORT
Aron Sherriff moves to Queensland
Swimmers manage qualifying times at Homebush
Social club donates to Woy Woy Juniors
Season launch for Woy Woy Rugby Union
Busy month for Umina Surf Life Savers
Event to raise money for village
Mixed bowls

'Significant' applies to issues raised, not numbers

Why has the matter of the development application policy subject to "significant public objection" remained unresolved since July 2016?

Firstly, the use of the term "significant" in a policy based on numbers is wrong.

"Significant" applies to issues raised and can apply to a single objection.

The council has simplified the assessment process by applying this term to numbers only, conveniently avoiding a description that will engage the public.

At the council meeting on February 12, there were shared opinions about submission numbers relevant to areas with low population density and the inability to reach quota numbers for referral to a council meeting.

It is my understanding from the discussion that councillors agreed that this issue would be addressed in the policy.

I have failed to find any reference to areas with low population numbers.

Has this been omitted from the policy?

The policy contains constant reference to the number 50 or near and adheres to previous unacceptable administration standards.

My understanding from the meeting was the number of objections would be reduced to 15 and with no fine print referring to situations requiring 50 objections.

Is this not the case?

In July 2016, Council administrator Mr Ian Reynolds proposed a number of more than 100 public submissions to be eligible for higher assessment.

Simplification of the assessment process was justified on the basis that it was impossible for a single administrator to personally manage a huge local government area with a population such as ours.

The "significant public objection" policy continues the simplification of the assessment process raising the same questions.

Is the local government area too big for the council and councillors to responsibly administer?

The policy follows the business-per-usual approach, meaning simplification of documents to reduce council's management time and costs, while further disengaging the public.

This leads to a confusing situation.

While on the one hand the council accepts and assesses non-complying applications confirming that development is supported based on vague planning instruments, on the other hand there are clear and precise numbers for submissions.

However when discussing development proposals, variations, trade-offs, bonuses and so on are standard practice.

Let this assessment standard apply to public submissions.

Advertising in the foyer of the Gosford office promotes staff support for the lodgement of development applications.

This service is not provided to objectors.

Why not?

The policy is convoluted and favours the council not the public.

After years of questionable local government administration, the public will not trust the Central Coast Council and councillors until it has been proven without doubt that trust is well-founded and enduring.

Comments


Add a comment
Comments entered here may be published in the Forum section of Peninsula News. Name, full residential address and daytime telephone number are required, but only name and suburb will be published. This is a moderated forum: Contributions will not appear here until they are approved by the editor. Contributions may appear in an edited form.


Name:
 
Address:
Suburb:
Telephone:
Comment:
 

 
  • PokiesP

    pictures/300_PokiesP.jpg

    PokiesP

  • PlayP

    pictures/300_PlayP.jpg

    PlayP

  • AugustaP

    pictures/300_AugustaP.jpg

    AugustaP

  • PriestmanP

    pictures/300_PriestmanP.jpg

    PriestmanP

  • WaterwaysP

    pictures/300_WaterwaysP.jpg

    WaterwaysP

  • DredgeP

    pictures/300_DredgeP.jpg

    DredgeP

  • JetP

    pictures/300_JetP.jpg

    JetP

  • FuelP

    pictures/300_FuelP.jpg

    FuelP

  • CrossingP

    pictures/300_CrossingP.jpg

    CrossingP

  • WharfP

    pictures/300_WharfP.jpg

    WharfP

  • BookfairP

    pictures/300_BookfairP.jpg

    BookfairP

  • MemberP

    pictures/300_MemberP.jpg

    MemberP

  • SowagP

    pictures/300_SowagP.jpg

    SowagP

  • HomesP

    pictures/300_HomesP.jpg

    HomesP

  • CutsP

    pictures/300_CutsP.jpg

    CutsP

  • OperaP

    pictures/300_OperaP.jpg

    OperaP

  • WildP

    pictures/300_WildP.jpg

    WildP

  • UpgradeP

    pictures/300_UpgradeP.jpg

    UpgradeP

  • SandP

    pictures/300_SandP.jpg

    SandP

  • AronP

    pictures/300_AronP.jpg

    AronP

  • SwimP

    pictures/300_SwimP.jpg

    SwimP

  • LaunchP

    pictures/300_LaunchP.jpg

    LaunchP

  • UminaSLSP

    pictures/300_UminaSLSP.jpg

    UminaSLSP



Search this website

What's On
.
<October 2018>
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
30123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031123
45678910
(Click for details)


Skip Navigation Links.

Skip Navigation Links.
  Copyright © 2018 Peninsula Community Access Newspaper Inc