Author: Linda Kelly

The Not So “Missing Middle”

May 9, 2019 by Linda Kelly

There has been much written about the so called ‘missing middle” as part of a solution to Sydney’s housing problem. Last year the State Government introduced a new code to allow certain types of medium density housing like terrace housing and dual occupancies, to be approved by private certifiers within 20 days if they comply with predetermined controls.Mosman, like the majority of Sydney metropolitan councils, received a 12 month deferral of the commencement of the code. This is due to expire on 1 July 2019. The State Government has remained silent on any plans for the affected councils past that date and has not responded to Council’s request for a permanent exclusion from the code.

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Environmentalism – how are we travelling one generation on?

Oct 31, 2018 by Linda Kelly

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 can to influence decision-makers on environmental matters that they are passionate about.

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Greater Sydney Commission comes to Mosman

Apr 13, 2018 by Linda Kelly

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 Plan and to provide the Commission the opportunity to see firsthand some of the planning issues in Mosman.

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Placemaking and Cityshaping – thought provoking ideas

Mar 20, 2018 by Linda Kelly

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 and healthy places.

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Planning panels legislation

Aug 18, 2017 by Linda Kelly

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.

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