Inquiry into the Planning and Environment Amendment (Recognising Objectors) Bill 2015

Introducing a provision that will impel a Responsible Authority and the Victorian Administrative and Appeals Tribunal to have regard to ‘the number of objectors to permit applications in considering whether a proposed use or development may have a significant social effect’ is based on the seriously flawed concept that quantity bears a direct relationship to impact of a proposal.

It is imperative that when developing policy and legislation, and making determinations, the discussion should be based on merit, not simply a pseudo ‘vote’ for or against. Furthermore, focusing on objector’s concerns regarding ‘social effects’, prioritises only one pillar of triple bottom line sustainable development - economic, social and environmental values.

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