Tag: Legislation

Planning panels legislation

Aug 18, 2017 by Linda Kelly

Last week the NSW Parliament passed legislation that would amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act to remove the role of Councillors from determining development applications, among other things, under Part 4 of the Act. These functions will be required to be undertaken by an independent panel of experts called a local planning panel.

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NSW Planning Reforms – Draft Amendments now on Exhibition

Jan 9, 2017 by Gibran Khouri

Background to Review of EP&A Act 

In 2012/13, the State Government underwent an extensive review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). 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”.

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Review of the Planning Act

Jun 9, 2016 by Gibran Khouri

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.

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Emergence of the “Sharing Economy” – Inquiry into Airbnb

Mar 2, 2016 by Gibran Khouri

BACKGROUND

In recent years, the growth of  key web and app-based sharing platforms such as Airbnb and Uber have emerged as the two key examples of a new “sharing economy” in which people can rent out houses, rooms, beds, cars, parking spaces and other assets directly from each other, co-ordinated by the internet. While the emergence of the sharing economy has benefited consumers and provided individuals with easy new ways to make money, these new unregulated services introduce new challenges.

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