Tribunal tension – coming to a suburb near you

This article from the Age rings so many bells with those of us who have been to VCAT ( The Victorian Civil &  Administrative Tribunal.)

You really don’t want to end up there and it rarely has much in the Residents favor, but if you don’t try you can only loose. ( Try to resolve early at council.)

…Students examined VCAT’s planning decisions between January and September 2013 and discovered the tribunal overruled or altered council decisions in two out of three cases.

The Swinburne investigation showed by far the greatest concern of Victorians who appealed to VCAT was to preserve neighbourhood character. This was the primary ground of objection in one-third of cases.

The investigation revealed  VCAT dealt with several categories of planning disputes, which recurred across the suburbs.

The flashpoints included inadequate car parking, overshadowing, loss of amenity and excessive building heights. Many  cases demonstrated how councils tried to juggle complex issues within their local planning schemes, but invariably ended up being overruled by VCAT which, they said, disregarded their concerns.
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