The proposal by the Federal Government to relinquish planning control over presently undeveloped land to the west of Canberra has sparked strong debate.
Last year, the ACT Government controversially sought to prevent objections being made by third parties against major projects - for example, the major “light rail” project. This was to be done by defining areas as “special precinct[s]”.
The ACT Government has announced a welcome “stimulus package” for the Canberra property and construction sector. Development obstacles and costs have been reviewed, and a number of changes have now been either implemented or foreshadowed to encourage new investment and new construction.
Developers often want to “lock-in” the value of the amenity and design of a new development, such as in a commercial precinct or new suburb.
Moulis Legal, based in Canberra, acts for a number of international solar PV industry manufacturers and distributors, and national installers, in importation, business establishment, regulatory affairs, consumer protection, commercial contracting and licensing.
According to the 2010 Scorecard of Red Tape Reform released by the Australian Business Council, the Australian Capital Territory (“ACT”) is the worst jurisdiction in Australia for “red tape” in business regulation.