Certainly they are right in saying that appealing a council decision on planning will be less expensive under the new system. But flaws, big flaws, still exist.
Does not city council have power to allow extra floors in buildings despite community design plans saying otherwise? Is this contrary to the city’s planning rules? Well yes, but city council says it’s fine. Is the city changing its mind contrary to its own planning rules? Is that allowable? It will be interesting to see.
And what if council just ignores the decision of the local planning review panels? What teeth are in the new regulations to ensure that council changes offending parts of approvals? What if council keeps sending the same approval back to the panel repeatedly?
It’s fine to be optimistic but given the record of this Bobblehead council, it’s hard to believe it will act in good faith or will tailor approvals in such ways that review panel can’t turn them down.
The game is still in its early innings.
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