Today, the Department of Planning and Environment announced draft changes to the Housing Code.
Deadline for Submissions Extended to 21 June 2016
The Harbour Trust and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) manage adjoining lands at Middle Head as public parkland.
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.
Planning Information Day at Middle Head on Sunday 22 May
On Sunday 22 May, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (Harbour Trust) hosted a Planning Information Day on the future of Middle Head.
Council has sent a submission to the Department of Planning and Environment indicating that it does not support the proposed ‘Australia Habitat and Taronga Wildlife Retreat.’
At the Council Meeting on 3 May 2016, Council adopted the Mosman Planning Agreements Policy . This policy sets out the process for entering into a Planning Agreement with Council under section 93F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, to ensure transparency, probity, certainty of roles and process. It applies to any and all requests made by Developers to enter into a Planning Agreement with Council, and to all Planning Agreements entered into in Mosman.
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 proposal is on exhibition until 23 May 2016.