In recent days, the NSW Government has announced a number of changes to NSW planning legislation in response to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. Many of these changes are the result of Orders issued by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Hon. Rob Stokes, under newly created section 10.17 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Changes will remain in place until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, or the advice of NSW Health changes.
The Urban Planning Team pushed through the rain on Saturday to hold community drop in sessions at Reid Park and Sirius Cove reserve. The sessions were well attended by members of the public who braved the elements to get involved. Issues discussed were varied including off-leash dog walking, kayak and dinghy storage, vegetation management, new ideas for park furniture and much more.
Have your say: Review of Australia’s environment protection and biodiversity conservation legislation
The Federal Government has commenced a review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act). The Act requires an independent review to be undertaken at least once every 10 years.
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.
Exemptions for Minor Works to Heritage Properties
Heritage properties and properties in heritage conservation areas often require maintenance and repairs. Typically consent for works to such properties requires a development application (DA) to be lodged with Council. However, an exemption may be issued if the works being carried out minor and would not adversely affect the significance of the heritage item or conservation area. This means a development application may not be required for approval of the works.
The Greater Sydney Commission is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from members of the community who wish to work with the Commission as part of a Citizens’ Panel to develop measures for tracking progress of the Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities.
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.