Council Appeals Rezoning Decision
Posted on: 13.07.2018
Wollondilly Council is today lodging an appeal in the Land and Environment Court against the rezoning of the Wilton South East Precinct.
This action follows information obtained under the Government Information (Public Access) Act which has revealed that the NSW Department of Planning and Environment ignored advice from the Office of Environment and Heritage from 27 September 2017 recommending that land identified within the primary koala corridor not be rezoned.
Council sees this as a failure to comply with the appropriate procedure and grounds for a judicial review.
In addition, Council believes that the rezoning is premature given that the Interim Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan adopted by the NSW Government clearly stated that rezoning would not occur until traffic, transport and infrastructure matters were resolved and the Land Use and Infrastructure Plan was finalised and subject to further community consultation.
Wollondilly Mayor, Cr Judith Hannan said, "Council has tried to engage with the Premier and the Minister for Planning to restore a proper planning process and ensure these matters were fully addressed."
"This has proved futile and as a result, Council has no alternative but to seek for the matter to be placed before the Courts."
“Council has been put in the position where we have no choice but to appeal what we see as an unreasonable and hasty decision,” she said.