Determine climate policy before planning review
Early 2019 is going to be very interesting for Central Coast Council.
It will have conflicting documents on exhibition and this will test the Council's commitment to take action on climate change.
Documents on exhibition will be the climate change policy and Central Coast planning controls.
It is decision time for the Central Coast Council.
Developments have been approved ignoring environmental, social, energy, character, infrastructure, recreation and health issues.
If climate change is to be addressed and this will not be known until May or June, then a review of planning controls should be deferred until July or August.
In the meantime, the Council will indicate if it supports climate action simply by the impact of development applications approved and public objection.
It has been observed that the information in Council meeting reports supports DA approval that does not take action to address climate change.
Make no mistake, the climate change policy if adopted will require an immediate corporate restructure of the Council.
Letter, 18 Dec 2018
Norman Harris, Umina