The Greater Sydney Commission has now also released revised draft district plans for each of the five districts within the Greater Sydney Region (revised down from six in the earlier drafts exhibited in late 2016) for public comment until 15 December 2017, including the Revised Draft North District Plan applicable to Mosman, along with the local government areas of Hornsby, Hunter’s Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Northern Beaches, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby.
On 22 October 2017, two important planning documents for Sydney’s future were released for public comment:
On 22 September 2017, amendments were made to the NSW Government’s new simplified Housing Code to clarify the provisions for gross floor area and landscaped area – reverting these provisions to those that applied under the previous General Housing Code. A two-year transitional period for the previous General Housing Code has also been introduced.
The NSW Government has recently introduced a new suite of Land Management and Biodiversity Conservation reforms which create a framework for the regulation of native vegetation clearing in NSW.
Council is proposing to amend Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 to delete the listing of three archaeological heritage items – A484, A485 and A488 – based on a heritage review of the sites. The items are a former tram terminus in Avenue Road, and former quarries in Avenue Road, and between Harnett Avenue and Royalist Road. A revised heritage listing for the former tram terminus site will be included in the LEP.
Since late 2015 the number of short term holiday rentals listed in Mosman (such as Stayz and Airbnb) increased from 200 to over 430. Council continues to receive enquiries from Mosman residents and property owners on this issue, with concerns about amenity impacts as well as questions about permissibility.
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.