Last Thursday, urban planners from councils across Sydney attended a workshop run jointly by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and the Greater Sydney Commission on preparing local strategic planning statements, to help implement the new Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities, and district plans.
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.
Council provides a duty planning service to assist customers with their planning enquiries. In any one day our duty planner answers questions over the phone, via email and in person about matters such as constructing a new deck, renovating a heritage listed house, setting up a café, building a block of units and reviewing a development application lodged by a neighbour.
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.
Last Wednesday the NSW Department of Planning and Environment held a well attended Local Character Symposium that explored local character in the state. The full day of programming included an address by the Minister for Planning the Hon. Anthony Roberts, a keynote speech by urban planner and designer Peter Bishop, and a range of panel discussions and talks from industry experts.
From 6 July 2018, one and two storey dual occupancies, manor houses and multi dwelling housing (terraces) will be able to be carried out as complying development on certain land throughout NSW under the NSW Government’s new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (the Medium Density Code).
Proposed amendments to Mosman’s Development Control Plans and Contributions Plan are on public exhibition from 19 April to 17 May 2018.
The Greater Sydney Commission has released the finalised Greater Sydney Region Plan and North District Plan.
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.