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.
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.
We are excited to announce that Peoples’ Choice voting for the Mosman Design Awards is open and you can get involved!
Council has secured a further three year exclusion from the Housing Code of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 for Mosman’s foreshore slopes.
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.
Last Tuesday one of our planners attended a resilient cities conference. The conference featured talks from Beck Dawson, Chief Resilience Officer of 100 Resilient Cities and Rod Simpson, Environment Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission.