VCAT to be reviewed

22 Nov 2018 • Herald Sun, Melbourne (General News)
by John Masanauskas

COMMUNITY group views about inappropriate developments could have more influence on state planning tribunal decisions under a Coalition government.

The Coalition will review the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to ensure it’s more responsive to residents’ views on liveability concerns.

Shadow planning minister David Davis said: “For too long, VCAT has been a convenient out for developers confronted with community expectations with which they would rather not have to deal about the scale and impact of proposed developments.”

Shadow attorney-general John Pesutto said the VCAT review would look at increasing the tribunal’s awareness of and responsiveness to community views. If the Coalition wins on Saturday, the review will report to government by October 2020.

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