2019 – An Urban Planning Year in Review

2019 was once again a busy year for the Urban Planning Team. Between producing strategic plans to guide Mosman over 20 years to awarding Mosman’s best designed home there was never a dull moment.

The Mosman Design Awards were in full swing at the start of the year with nominations flowing in thick and fast. Following a day of site visits and careful deliberation from our expert panel we were very excited to announce the winners of the 2019 Mosman Design Awards.

The Mosman Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) went from its initial draft form, to public consultation to being endorsed by Council at the 3 December 2019 Council meeting, with some amendments made in response to feedback received.

The Mosman Community Participation Plan (CPP) called “Involving the Community In Planning”, was drafted, publically exhibited and endorsed by Council. The CPP makes it easier for the community to understand how they can have their say on planning decisions that affect them.

Council continued campaigning against the NSW Government’s Medium Density Housing Code intended to allow the development of medium density housing through private certification and without the need for a development application.

The Mosman Heritage Fund was updated during the year, with the maximum grant amount offered through the Heritage Fund increased from $3000 to $5000 for Heritage Items and from $1000 to $1500 for Heritage Conservation Areas. A targeted awareness campaign was also rolled out that saw the Military Road Heritage Conservation Area receive promotional information on the Heritage Fund.

At a State level the year saw the introduction of Local Character Guidelines, changes to the way Crown Lands are managed with the implementation of the Crown Lands Management Act 2018 and an independent review of the Medium Density Housing Code.

2020 – What’s Coming Up?

2020 is looking to be another big year in planning with the Mosman LSPS set to receive a final endorsement from the Greater Sydney Commission, the Mosman Local Housing Strategy to be drafted and reported to Council, Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 to be reviewed and updated, and much more.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here in the Urban Planning Team.