Author: Evan Matthews

Department of Planning extends Development Consent Commencement Timeframes

May 29, 2020 by Evan Matthews

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has enacted further emergency changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The changes recognise the difficulties and disruptions experienced by landowners to commence building works for existing development consents by extending lapsing periods for development consent, extending the period for existing land use rights and extending appeal periods on determinations.

DPIE advise the changes include:

  • Consents granted before 25 March 2020 will be extended by 2 years and all consents granted since 25 March 2020 will have a lapsing period of 5 years (which cannot be varied during the pandemic period).
  • Property owners relying on existing and continuing use rights who are forced to stop using their property during the pandemic will now have 3 years to resume, instead of 1 year
  • Appeal periods for merit appeals to the courts have been doubled to provide more flexibility for applicants and the community.
  • Investigation officers are now able to conduct interviews for compliance investigations using phone or video link to allow for social distancing.

The changes are temporary and expected to be repealed once economic conditions improve. Permanent changes were also made to clarify the meaning of commencement of works.

In addition, a separate round of amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 has removed the requirement for development applications to be notified in a local newspaper. Instead, Councils are required to notify development applications on their website, a practice which Mosman Council has undertaken for several years through our DA Tracker.

The DPIE website has further information on the changes to development consent periods and the notification requirement changes.

Community braves the rain to have a say on local parks

Feb 28, 2020 by Evan Matthews

The Urban Planning Team pushed through the rain on Saturday to hold community drop in sessions at Reid Park and Sirius Cove reserve. The sessions were well attended by members of the public who braved the elements to get involved. Issues discussed were varied including off-leash dog walking, kayak and dinghy storage, vegetation management, new ideas for park furniture and much more.

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Public meeting on land use planning proves highly popular

Jul 30, 2019 by Evan Matthews

Last Wednesday 80 members of the Mosman community gathered at Council to discuss local strategic planning issues and find out more about how local planning initiatives fit within the broader State context. The meeting was initiated by the Mayor in response to the current exhibition of the draft local strategic planning statement, or LSPS for short.

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Celebrating World Heritage Day

Apr 18, 2019 by Evan Matthews

Today is the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) World Heritage Day. Established in 1982, World Heritage Day is recognised by UNESCO as a day to celebrate and promote cultural heritage, and an opportunity to raise awareness about its diversity, its relevance and the importance of conservation.

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