Sustainable Planning Act 1

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  • 1. © THG
    “What Consultants Should Look Out For”
    Sarah Farrelly
    Senior Town Planner
  • 2. Introduction to SPA
    Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) commenced 18th December 2009
    So also did the:
    Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009
    Six Statutory Guidelines
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  • 3. Intent of SPA
    Purpose of SPA is to ensure processes are:
    Efficient ,and
    Delivers sustainable outcomes
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  • 4. Existing Applications, Requests & Approvals 
    Applications and requests made prior to 18th December 2009 will continue under IPA.
    Existing approvals will be taken to be approvals under SPA
    Change to IPA approvals can be made using the new single process under SPA which is ‘permissible change’.
    DIP have released a Statutory Guideline (06/09):
    This provides guidance on what may constitute a substantially different development.
    For reconfiguration of a lot approvals issued under IPA, the IPA endorsement of survey plans will continue to apply.
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  • 5. Mandatory Supporting Information
    Development applications under SPA must now include the mandatory information indicated on the IDAS forms to be deemed properly made.
    Each development application must
    provide a statement about compliance with the planning instruments
    MCU: Site plan, floor and elevation plans;
    ROL: Reconfiguration plan to also show contours, levels, drainage and building envelopes; and
    OPW: Site plan an detailed drawings with particular specifications for each types of operational work
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  • 6. Declaration of Owners Consent
    Signed form or attachment or declaration
    Extract from form 1 applicants declaration
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  • 7. Properly Made Process
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    Application made
    Acknowledgement notice
    Not properly made
    Application rectified
    Not rectified it lapses
  • 8. Smart eDA
    Smart electronic development assessment is an on-line service that has been established to help streamline the development assessment process.
    State assessment process available, however still recommend to utilise the IDAS checklist.
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  • 9. Shortened Timeframes
    20bd to refer the development application to referral agencies (previously 3 months);
    6 months to respond to an information request (instead of 12months); and
    Within 5bd notify the assessment manager of public notification beginning
    Applicant’s ability to revive applications. Applicant to issue assessment manager with notice of revival within 5bd of lapsing and then completing the action within a further 5bd.
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  • 10. Missed Referral Agencies
    If an agency is missed, the application under SPA does not automatically lapse.
    Written notice of the missed referral is given.
    Decision stage does not begin, or if previously started a decision can not be issued, until missed referral agency catches up.
    The missed referral notice does not have an approved form, just simply a notice issued pursuant to section 357 (2) of SPA.
    The applicant then has 10bd to refer the application to the missed referral agencies.
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  • 11. Notification Stage
    DIP has released two new forms for public notification, being public notice on land and notice of compliance:
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  • 12. Notification Stage Cont’d
    Design layout for public notices on land
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    DIP has also release a ‘Guide on public notification’.
  • 13. Changes to Development Applications
    Can change at any time before decided
    Four scenarios under SPA:
    Minor change (no IDAS timeframe stops)
    Change in response to an information request (no stop in IDAS however the public notification stage must restart or is repeated unless the AM is of the opinion that the change will not give rise to a submission)
    A change that deals with a matter raised in a submission (as above); and
    All other changes (IDAS process restarts)
    DIP have released a Statutory Guideline (06/09):
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  • 14. Changing Development Approvals
    Under IPA, separate mechanisms/tests for changing approvals v changing conditions
    Under SPA, merged into single streamlined process for making a ‘permissible change’
    New SPA process can be applied to changing an IPA approval
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  • 15. Decision Stage
    No longer a presumption in favour of approval for a compliant code assessable application
    Relevant instruments:
    State planning regulatory provisions
    Regional plan
    State planning policies
    Structure plan/master plan
    Temporary local planning instrument
    Preliminary approval varying the effect of the planning scheme
    Applicable codes/planning scheme
    Priority infrastructure plan
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  • 16. Preliminary Approvals Varying The Effect of the Planning
    Under IPA section 3.1.6, under SPA section 242
    New default lapsing period of 5 years. The application will lapse if development is started but not completed
    The default period can be override by either the applicant nominating a period in the application on application form 31, question 3;
    by the assessment manager nominating a period.
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  • 17. Compliance Assessment
    For development, works or documents
    Identified in SPR, SPRP, planning schemes and development approvals
    Simple process of a ‘tick and flick’
    Compliance request can not be refused by the compliance assessor
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  • 18. Compliance Assessment Cont’d
    DIP have introduced a Temporary State Planning Policy 2/09 on compliance assessment
     Compliance assessment listed in the SPR’s are:
    Survey plan endorsement (sch 19); and
    2 lot ROL/industrial ROL and OPW (sch 18)
    The applicable IDAS form for compliance assessment is form 32
    Survey plan endorsement criteria similar to that under IPA
    Council have 20bd to assess the compliance assessment request, if they do not issue a notice then it is deemed to be approved.
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  • 19. Compliance Assessment Cont’d
    Now under SPA a residential 2 lot ROL and or associated OPW’s in a residential or industrial zone will be subject to compliance assessment only where:
    The required minimum lot size is met;
    No referral agency triggers;
    No planning scheme overlay triggers
    The proposed development must meet the compliance assessment criteria listed in the Temporary State Planning Policy 2/09
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  • 20. Prohibited Development
    A new level of assessment introduced under SPA
    Identified in Schedule 1 of SPA, SPRP’s, structure plans, and planning schemes (only if QPP state that the development can be prohibited)
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  • 21. Exempt MCU’s and Detached / Attached Dwellings
    New MCU for some class 1 a, and class 10 buildings are exempt under sch 4 of the SPR’s if:
    Planning scheme doesn’t make them self assessable
    The MCU is for a residential purpose in a residential zone; and
    No planning scheme overlay applies (other than bushfire overlay when the premises are <2000m2
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  • 22. Superseded Planning Scheme Requests
    Under IPA we had 2 years to make the request and the associated development application.
    Under SPA this timeframe has been shortened to 1 year and introduces a new two step process:
    Applicant to submit request to council for the application to be assessed under the superseded planning scheme (to be submitted within the 1 year);
    If council accept the application to be submitted and assessed under the superseded planning scheme (notice to be issued within 30bd) then the applicant has 6 months to submit the development application.
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  • 23. Building & Development Committee
    The building and development committee can now hear the following matters (i.e.. you do not have to take them to the P & E Court):
    Decisions in respect to a class 1 building; and
    Condition in respect of a class 2 building if no more than 3 stories and no more than 60 units
    The notice of appeal form is available on DIP’s website
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  • 24. Final Comments on SPA
    On paper moving forward
    Cultural change required
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  • 25. Thank you
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