The development of a new Australian habitat exhibit and eco-tourist facility to be known as the ‘Australia Habitat and Taronga Wildlife Retreat’ is now on public exhibition. The proposal involves the removal of landscaping and construction of accommodation (58 rooms and 4 suites), kitchen and dining facilities with building extensions of between two to four storeys. The proposal is on exhibition until 23 May 2016.
In recent years, the growth of key web and app-based sharing platforms such as Airbnb and Uber have emerged as the two key examples of a new “sharing economy” in which people can rent out houses, rooms, beds, cars, parking spaces and other assets directly from each other, co-ordinated by the internet. While the emergence of the sharing economy has benefited consumers and provided individuals with easy new ways to make money, these new unregulated services introduce new challenges.
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.
Former tram infrastructure, wharves, quarries and other relics of early European settlement in Mosman during the 1800s and early 1900s are protected by heritage provisions in Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 (the LEP). There are currently 16 archaeological sites listed in the LEP, based on research undertaken during the mid-1990s. Requirements for heritage listing have since changed, necessitating a review of sites and their inclusion in the LEP.
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.