Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1486 ..
(11) How often have normal planning processes applied for structures destroyed in the bushfires;
(12) What criteria is used to determine whether a development application submitted for a replacement structure destroyed or significantly damaged in the bushfire is fast tracked.
Mr Corbell: The answers to the member's questions are as follows:
(1) 497 houses considered destroyed by the bushfires.
(2) 89 reported to PALM as damaged or destroyed.
(3) 86 houses.
(4) 54 houses were investigated under the Building Act by a consulting engineer. Eight were considered structurally in need of repair. All eight lessees were contacted and five had already begun repairs. Letters to 'effect' repair were sent to the other three.
(5) None of the houses investigated in 4 above were considered by the consulting engineer to require demolition. Some lessees and their insurers are separately making decisions to demolish houses or other structures on economic or personal grounds.
(6) See 5 above.
(7) A decision is a matter between lessee and insurer, the only avenue of appeal is to the Insurance Ombudsman.
(8) 16 applications for destroyed residences
12 applications for outbuildings/structures
=28 applications lodged
(9) 10 approved new residences
9 approved outbuildings/structures
= 19 applications approved
(10) To date, 16 applications have been classified as Category 2 and as such have undergone a streamlined development assessment process. These DAs have usually been approved on the same day they were lodged. PALM has established a separate DA assessment team to deal with bushfire DAs.
(11) To date, 12 applications have been publicly notified. These are classed as Category 3 proposals.
(12) Applications can be classified under three categories:
Category 1: Rebuilding consistent with previously approved plans.
Category 2: Replacing the destroyed residence with another that is no more that 15%