NEW buildings on the coast should be given a time limited approval of up to 90 years in case of sea level rise from climate change, a review of NSW’s planning laws has found.
The recommendation comes after coastal property owners fought sea level projections prepared by NSW councils, fearing they will devalue billions of dollars worth of family homes.
Independent chairs of the NSW Planning System Review, Tim Moore and Ron Dyer, found granting approvals for a set period of time was the only way to stop “sterilising” coastal development.
They found the caveat of a time limit would stop councils from rejecting all proposals for coastal development.
It would also save councils from running the long term risk of breaching a duty of care to future residents.
“Time limited development consents of up to 90 years are to be permitted for areas subject to projected sea level rise as a consequence of climate change,” the report recommends.