NSW Planning reforms will return in mid-2016

NSW Planning reforms will be brought back by the State Government for public comment and a bill brought to State Parliament from mid-2016 In 2016, the Government intends to amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the EP&A Act), with a focus on the following areas: Community engagement:  establishing a new part of the Act that consolidates community .. read more

Exhibition – State Significant Development – Taronga Zoo

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 .. read more

On April 11th, 2016, posted in: Taronga Zoo by

Mosman Civic Centre Site

Council has investigated options to provide improved community and civic facilities on the Mosman Civic Centre site over recent years. This has included: Civic Centre Feasibility Study, 2011-2013, by CHROFI (part of Spit Junction Masterplan) Peer Review of Civic Centre Development Options, 2013, by CHROFI Civic Centre Needs Analysis, 2014, by HBO+EMTB Council Vision for .. read more

On April 8th, 2016, posted in: Civic Centre by

Emergence of the “Sharing Economy” – Inquiry into Airbnb

BACKGROUND 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 .. read more

Government plans to allow medium density housing without Council approval

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. Manor homes .. read more

On February 25th, 2016, posted in: Planning News by

Draft Mosman Planning Agreements Policy

The public exhibition of the draft Mosman Planning Agreements Policy has now closed. The draft Mosman Planning Agreements Policy sets out the process for entering into a Planning Agreement with Council under section 93F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act), to ensure transparency, probity, certainty of roles and process. A Planning Agreement .. read more

On February 10th, 2016, posted in: Uncategorized by

What’s Happening in Urban Planning? June 2016

The June edition of “What’s on in Urban Planning” is out, providing an update on the latest occurring in Mosman against a backdrop of major State Government reforms and infrastructure projects. Find out more about Urban Planning in Mosman in the June 2016 edition of our newsletter: What’s Happening in Urban Planning?  June 2016

On February 9th, 2016, posted in: Planning News by

Bushland Sites Rezoning – Public Exhibition

Council is proposing to amend the Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 (the LEP) to rezone 16 bushland sites from RE1 – Public Recreation to E2 – Environmental Conservation. The sites proposed to be rezoned were part of a thorough review and assessment of bushland sites in Mosman that was undertaken between January 2014 and May .. read more

Mosman’s Archaeological Sites: Public Exhibition

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 .. read more

On November 18th, 2015, posted in: Heritage, Planning Proposals by

Protecting Mosman’s foreshore slopes

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. Here’s a quick summary of what this is about: The current .. read more

On September 29th, 2015, posted in: Planning News by