IT has been revealed Planning Minister Matthew Guy sought advice in December 2010 on how to remove planning restrictions to allow residential development on 18 privately-owned allotments at East St, Narrawong.
A Department of Planning and Community Development document released under Freedom of Information to shadow planning minister Brian Tee shows Mr Guy “requested advice on options to remove Development Plan Overlay 7 (DPO7) and Environmental Significance Overlay 4 (ESO4) within the Glenelg Planning Scheme to allow the sustainable private development of land in coastal areas at the owners own risk and subject to compliance with planning and building permit requirements”.
The document was dated December 16, 2010, in the first month of Mr Guy’s tenure as Planning Minister in the newly-elected Coalition Government..
However, while Mr Guy did abolish DPO7, which covered coastal land between the Surry River estuary and Allestree, he kept the ESO4 in place on the eastern side of the estuary until August 2011 when he implemented a Rural Conservation Zone.
The decision was made after Mr Guy appointed an advisory committee to make recommendations on planning issues for the 18 lots.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.