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Councillor Angela Vithoulkas Question on Notice

Mitigating large construction impacts on Local residents and Business owners

MITIGATING LARGE CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS ON LOCAL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS

(S129276)

25. By Councillor Vithoulkas

Question

The City is undergoing a significant level of construction activity, and it stands to reason that there will be an increase in disruption to our residents and business owners.

Ausgrid often undertakes works on behalf of developers which can sometimes result in power outages for eight hours or more. These outages impact local residents and business owners who are not part of the development application, but are impacted by the works of the development application.

1. What steps are taken to ensure that part of the development application conditions of consent requires a developer to provide compensation for any costs incurred or loss suffered by those residents or business owners who are impacted, sometimes more than once, who are expected to cover any losses through no fault of their own?

2. If there are no processes in place, why not?

3. What recourse do our residents and business owners have in these situations?

Answer by the Lord Mayor

Development consents for large scale developments are subject to numerous conditions of consent designed to mitigate the impacts of construction on local residents and business owners.

These typically include conditions addressing the hours during which construction can take place, noise restrictions, construction management plans and construction traffic management plans, etc.

It is not possible for conditions imposed on a development consent to require that a developer, or other third party such as Ausgrid, provide compensation for any costs incurred or loss suffered. Matters of compensation are a civil matter between those impacted and those carrying out the works.

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