Linda Kelly

Net zero buildings

Did you know that in Greater Sydney, the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions is energy use in buildings? Greenhouse gas emissions by source (2015-16) Source: Greater Sydney Commission, 2017, Exploring Net Zero Emissions for Greater Sydney, report prepared by Kinesis for the Greater Sydney Commission Learning about how we plan for a net-zero emissions future .. read more

On November 7th, 2018, posted in: Uncategorized by

Environmentalism – how are we travelling one generation on?

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the annual environmental law lecture at Macquarie University. It was delivered by Senator Mehreen Faruqi on Environmentalism: Rekindling the Flame. Addressing a largely young audience with high levels of enthusiasm about the potential for change, Mehreen inspired these young university students and academics to do what they .. read more

On October 31st, 2018, posted in: Environment by

Mosman is on track to meet its housing target

Recently the SMH (12 August, 2018) ran a story about where Sydney’s building approvals are overshooting their housing targets. In the list of 33 metropolitan councils Mosman was last on the table. Under the Greater Sydney Commission’s North District Plan five year housing supply targets are identified for the period 2016-2021. Mosman’s target is 300 .. read more

On August 21st, 2018, posted in: Greater Sydney Commission, Planning News by Tags: ,

Connecting local planning with bigger picture strategies

How will metropolitan and district strategic plans be implemented at the local level? This is a question currently being addressed by local councils, the Greater Sydney Commission and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment through a series of working group meetings across Sydney over the next few months. The release of the Metropolitan Plan .. read more

On June 29th, 2018, posted in: Greater Sydney Commission, Planning News by

Protecting Mosman’s character is high on Council’s agenda

When Council met last Tuesday it resolved to resist attempts by the State Government to standardise local area character by urging the Minister for Planning to exclude Mosman from the provisions of the new Medium Density Code, and to make permanent our current exclusion from the Housing Code. What does this mean? Land in Mosman .. read more

On June 13th, 2018, posted in: Complying development, Scenic Protection Area by

Greater Sydney Commission comes to Mosman

Yesterday Mosman Council hosted a visit by representatives of the Greater Sydney Commission. Sarah Hill (CEO), Deborah Dearing (North District Commissioner), Greg Woodhams (Executive Director) and Sylvia Smith (Director) met with Council’s General Manager and planners. The purpose of the visit was to hear from the Commission about their plans for implementing the North District .. read more

On April 13th, 2018, posted in: Greater Sydney Commission by

Placemaking and Cityshaping – thought provoking ideas

Last week Active Living NSW held the 2018 FitNSW conference titled Placemakers and Cityshapers: the pathway to active and healthy communities. This was an incredibly well-attended conference with health professionals, planners, designers, architects and transport professionals from local government, State government and the private sector listening to ways collaboration and innovation can create more walkable .. read more

On March 20th, 2018, posted in: Placemaking, Planning News by

Planning panels legislation

Last week the NSW Parliament passed legislation that would amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act to remove the role of Councillors from determining development applications, among other things, under Part 4 of the Act. These functions will be required to be undertaken by an independent panel of experts called a local planning panel. In .. read more

On August 18th, 2017, posted in: New Planning System, Planning News by Tags: ,

Government plans to allow medium density housing without Council approval

The State government released a Discussion Paper late last year on a proposal to expand the types of development that could be done without development consent. This development, known as complying development, would include dual occupancies and medium density housing which the Department of Planning and Environment defines as manor homes and townhouses. Manor homes .. read more

On February 25th, 2016, posted in: Planning News by

Protecting Mosman’s foreshore slopes

The potential change in the planning landscape for residential development on our foreshore slopes continues to loom large on the horizon. The deadline of 30 November 2015 is fast approaching and there is still no news from the State government about any future change. Here’s a quick summary of what this is about: The current .. read more

On September 29th, 2015, posted in: Planning News by