As 2018 nears an end it is interesting to contemplate the year that was. We have compiled a best of 2018, recounting urban planning news in Mosman this year.
The successful Mosman Development Assessment Panel was replaced by the Mosman Local Planning Panel (MLPP) due to changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).
A new Contributions Plan 2018 and a series of housekeeping amendments to Mosman’s Development Control Plans (DCPs) were prepared and adopted, ensuring these plans are kept up to date.
Our archaeological heritage was further recognised and protected via amendments to Mosman Local Environmental Plan (MLEP) and DCPs, including the former Avenue Road Tram Terminus and former quarries on Avenue Road and Royalist Road.
The year saw important progress in regional planning led by the Greater Sydney Commission. The North District Plan was published, providing a region-wide strategic direction for Sydney’s northern suburbs. The plan establishes several goals for Mosman including a 0-5 year housing target of 300 new dwellings.
The NSW Government pushed on with plans for the Beaches Link Tunnel releasing a reference design and undertaking community consultation. The project is now concluding its community engagement phase and will be soon moving into its environmental assessment phase.
Among the numerous new and updated policies the NSW Department of Planning introduced a new Low-Rise Medium Density Housing Code that allows certain types of medium density development to be undertaken as complying development. Council successfully secured a 12 month exemption from the policy and is working towards achieving an exemption permanently.
Changes to the EP&A Act resulted in updated objectives, a greater focus on strategic planning and a new decimal numbering system for the Act.
The state made changers to our LEP which saw the introduction of new definitions relating to retail and types of medium density development. These new terms were also added to our land use tables.
Following lengthy campaigning by Council, the Department granted a three year exclusion from the Housing Code for Mosman’s foreshore slopes. This follows our previous temporary exclusions that have been in place since 2010. The amendments, made in November, came as a highly celebrated early Christmas present for the Urban Planning Team
We are looking forward to a big 2019 with the Mosman Design Awards pencilled in and with the team working on a whole suite of strategic documents.