NEW APPROACH: Greens candidate for Coffs Harbour Craig Christie is urging incumbent Andrew Fraser to support a new approach to planning.
NEW APPROACH: Greens candidate for Coffs Harbour Craig Christie is urging incumbent Andrew Fraser to support a new approach to planning.

Good planning charter endorsed

COFFS Harbour Greens candidate Craig Christie has publicly endorsed a community charter for good planning in NSW, "Planning for People".

"A range of local planning issues has clearly highlighted the urgent need for a more consistent, efficient and community-based planning system," Mr Christie said.

"Historically and again more recently we have had development proposals that are not environmentally sound, such as Hearnes Lake, Emerald Beach and Pioneer Park, with all of these proposals lacking crucial community support.

Mr Christie said the community charter for better planning, developed by several community groups, described a vision and principles of planning that considered current and future needs. "It attempts to implement a fair and integrated approach to planning, with local communities given a meaningful voice," he said.

"The proposed charter importantly reinforces ICAC recommendations addressing the need in NSW for accessible, accountable and a corruption-free planning system."

He said the charter was more than just focused on our natural environment and planning processes; it also addressed affordable housing and optimal urban design.

"It has been very encouraging to see Labor and independent candidates joining with Greens candidates across NSW to endorse the charter," Mr Christie said.

"Given the sensible and inclusive approach to planning, I would hope to see Liberal and National MPs and candidates also endorse the charter and I urge Andrew Fraser, the Nationals member here in Coffs Harbour, to also consider this improved approach to planning."

Click here for more info about the charter.



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