The State Government is undertaking a review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. This marks a renewed attempt by the Government to make amendments to the Act when in 2012/13 an extensive review and consultation process was undertaken. This included a Green Paper in 2012, a White Paper in 2013 followed by a Planning Bill 2013 – Exposure Draft presented to Parliament. The Bill failed to become legislation partly due to sustained community objection to a number of reforms, including the proposed introduction of what was called “code assessable development”. This current review will revisit some of the areas for reform that had community and stakeholder support but not areas that were significantly objected to.
Proposed amendments to archaeological sites considered at Council meeting
Council’s proposal to amend the listing of archaeological sites identified in Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 (the LEP) was considered at the Council Meeting held on 3 May 2016. This proposal seeks to include more specific site and property information in the LEP in relation to existing archaeological sites to provide certainty for landowners and Council.
Over the last 18 months, we have been reviewing the zoning of bushland areas in Mosman currently zoned RE1 Public Recreation with a view to rezoning suitable sites to E2 Environmental Conservation.