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ICAC calls for review of planning laws
Released 14 January 2011

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has called for reform of Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. Part 3A planning laws allow the State Government to override local council decisions on major projects. 

The ICAC made a total of 20 recommendations to manage and mitigate corruption risks in the Part 3A process.

“There are various elements of Part 3A that are discretionary, particularly as regards residential and commercial development, which … have the potential to deliver sizeable windfall gains to particular applicants,” states the report.

“This creates a corruption risk and a community perception of a lack of appropriate boundaries.”

However, property development industry group Urban Taskforce says problems with the local planning process shouldn’t be ignored when considering ICAC recommendations.

“It’s best that government takes a holistic approach,” says Aaron Gadiel, Chief Executive of Urban Taskforce.