Linda Kelly

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

Planning for metropolitan Sydney’s subregions

Over the last few weeks I have attended meetings with planners from councils in the area which is identified by the State as the North Subregion. This area consists of eleven councils on the north side of the Harbour – Pittwater, Warringah, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Ryde, Hornsby, Willoughby and Ku-ring-gai. .. read more

On April 2nd, 2015, posted in: Planning News by

Business breakfast meeting supports change on civic centre site

This morning the Mayor, Councillor Peter Abelson, hosted a breakfast meeting with local business people to outline Council’s vision for the civic centre site. There was general support for what the Council is trying to achieve to secure improved community facilities on the site and revitalise the centre. This support was given with a note .. read more

On February 25th, 2015, posted in: Uncategorized by

2014 – Looking backwards and forwards

2014 saw planning take a back seat at the State level after the Government’s planning reforms stalled in the Upper House. At council we turned our attention to concentrating on local issues. Needless to say there were still changes happening at the State level that needed a local response to such as the much maligned .. read more

On December 23rd, 2014, posted in: Planning News, Uncategorized by

10/50 Rule Review

Since 1 August this year new legislation has been in place that allows property owners to remove trees and vegetation from around their homes without consent to protect them from bushfire risk. Known as the 10/50 Rule this entitlement has resulted in the loss of many significant trees in Mosman. Of the more than 100 .. read more

On November 13th, 2014, posted in: Uncategorized by Tags:

Proposed changes to SEPP 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development

The State government has announced draft changes to SEPP 65 and the associated guidelines known as the Residential Flat Design Code. The draft documents are currently on exhibition for public comment until 31 October 2014. SEPP 65 applies to residential flat buildings of three or more storeys that would contain at least four or more .. read more

On October 10th, 2014, posted in: Planning News by

The latest planning decisions by Council

At its meeting on 2 September Council made decisions on two planning matters – Planning Agreements, and an important amendment to Mosman Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012. Planning Agreements: A Planning Agreement is a voluntary arrangement between Council and (usually) a developer, under which the Council obtains a contribution for a public purpose. A public .. read more

On September 15th, 2014, posted in: LEP2012, Planning Proposals by Tags:

What will be Council’s future needs for facilities at its Spit Junction site?

In June 2014, architectural consultants HBO+EMTB were engaged by Council to undertake an analysis of Council’s needs for its site at Spit Junction. As part of this project, the consultants are considering: the existing and future demand for community facilities and services at the site; whether the current building stock on the site can adequately .. read more