The ACT Government has proposed new guidelines that would encourage developers to have meaningful engagement with the community prior to putting in a development application.
The pre-DA consultation guidelines could help ease community angst over building projects and reduce delays.
Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said that the community can add value to development decisions based on local knowledge and ideas:
Effective community engagement benefits the planning and development outcome of a project by allowing genuine feedback to be incorporated into the early design of a proposal."
The Minister said that the new guidelines will help developers fulfil growing community expectations in line with industry best practice.
“The community know the area and the history of a site and can be a valuable source of information for the planning authority and developers."The guidelines call for the developer to:
The ACT Government is currently asking for community and industry feedback before proceeding with full implementation.