ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman’s decision last week, to approve changes to the zoning of Mr Fluffy blocks that will allow dual occupancy dwellings on smaller parcels of land, is another deceptive planning decision from the Barr government, Shadow Minister for Planning Alistair Coe said today.

“Minister Gentleman approved Draft Variation 343 last week. This Variation was widely criticised and the majority of submissions during the consultation phase objected to the Variation,” Mr Coe said.

“This Variation entrenches a two track planning system which is unfair and opportunistic. There is no rationale for this change except that the Barr government wants to make money from Mr Fluffy blocks.

“Witnesses at the Planning Committee’s Inquiry suggested a number of sensible changes that would have minimised the uncertainty and inconsistency contained in the Variation.

“At the same time the Barr government is claiming how open it is with the planning system, it has not taken community concerns seriously and the Minister has secretly approved the unfair Variation without making any policy changes.

“Once again, the Barr government is undermining the ACT planning system, to gouge more money, to build an unpopular light rail project,” Mr Coe concluded.