Mosman Mayor Carolyn Corrigan has sought an urgent meeting with the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Hon Rob Stokes, MP, and local member, Felicity Wilson, to address Council’s concerns about the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (the Medium Density Code) which – unless a change in legislation is made – will apply in Mosman from 1 July 2019.
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.
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.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has announced that a Bill to change the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) that will see the biggest overhaul of the NSW planning system since the legislation’s inception almost 40 years ago, has passed through Parliament.
On 22 September 2017, amendments were made to the NSW Government’s new simplified Housing Code to clarify the provisions for gross floor area and landscaped area – reverting these provisions to those that applied under the previous General Housing Code. A two-year transitional period for the previous General Housing Code has also been introduced.
The State government released a Discussion Paper late last year on a proposal to expand the types of development that could be done without development consent. This development, known as complying development, would include dual occupancies and medium density housing which the Department of Planning and Environment defines as manor homes and townhouses.