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To: Moreland City Councillors

Scrap Moreland's fast-track planning Scorecard

Scrap Moreland's fast-track planning Scorecard

SAVE MORELAND COMMUNITY'S RIGHT TO HAVE A SAY ON DEVELOPMENT

On Wednesday 8 December, Moreland Council will vote on whether or not to make permanent a ‘developer scorecard’ to incentivise developers to build “good design”. The scheme is called the Design Excellence Scorecard.

The Moreland community is in danger of losing its right to have a say over controversial developments.

The incentive for developers to use the Scorecard is that the developer gets extra meetings with council staff, and then the application is decided by these council staff without any reference to our elected councillors . . . This is a fast-tracking of developments.

Why is this important?

While the community will have the right to be notified and object, we will lose our right to present our objections to the councillors’ monthly planning meeting (the Planning and Related Matters meeting)

One problem is that “design excellence” can be subjective.

If the community disagrees with the planners’ decision, our only avenue is to raise thousands of dollars to appeal to VCAT.

There’s also no guarantee that any positive features agreed to by developers and council staff will be enforceable if developers ask VCAT to remove them.

Large controversial developments should be decided by our elected representatives, and not by unelected officials behind closed doors.

No other council has such an undemocratic arrangement.

COUNCILLORS – Don’t vote away your right to vote on planning issues, and your community’s rights to be represented. Ditch the Scorecard!

City of Moreland, VIC, Australia

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Reasons for signing

  • For a tool which enables 'complying' applications to bypass proper planning processes, the criteria for this scorecard are astonishingly minimal/ easy to satisfy. This scorecard in no way ensures excellence, meaning the only benefit it provides is for developers, not the communities (or inhabitants) left with the built outcome/s.
  • Local citizens need to have input to development in their neighbourhood. We are teh ones that live with the decisions of developers.
  • We need to be able to present as residents for the good of our neighbourhood.

Updates

2021-11-23 15:07:59 +1100

100 signatures reached

2021-11-22 18:09:45 +1100

50 signatures reached

2021-11-21 02:26:13 +1100

25 signatures reached

2021-11-18 23:55:57 +1100

10 signatures reached

2021-11-18 10:16:26 +1100

This petition is co-sponsored by: Brunswick Residents Network, Fawkner Residents Association, North-East Brunswick Responsible Development Group, & Scale it Down – protect Brunswick parks. If your group would like to co-sponsor the petition, please contact us at [email protected]