You may recall our article in March this year entitled jump away from that doomsday scenario.
In that article the (then) NSW government Planning Minister was concerned that coastal property owners were facing the problem that some councils have been casting potential longer-term coastal erosion issues as a clear-and-present danger thereby reducing property values substantially and/or making sales difficult.
To address this concern the Dept. of Planning issued a draft planning circular headed Coastal hazard notations on Section 149 planning certificates to which they invited submissions from interested groups including coastal communities.
CCPA-Wooli and the Lake Cathie community group prepared a joint submission which was sent to the NSW government on March 7th 2014. In that submission we argued that the draft circular had two fundamental flaws which needed to be fixed if the circular was to have any chance of changing councils’ approach to planning certificates. Here’s our joint submission identifying those flaws and how they could be corrected.