Planning Bill in the Balance

28 Nov, 2013

Following its introduction to the Legislative Assembly on 22 October 2013, the Planning Bill 2013 (Bill) faced its first real test on 26 and 27 November  in the Legislative Council and was found wanting.

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Disclosure of Political Donations under the EPA Act

21 Nov, 2013

Director General, Department of Planning and Infrastructure v Aston Coal 2 Pty Ltd [2013] NSWLEC 188 (Aston) is the first case dealing with a failure to disclose reportable political donations under s147 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979…

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Appeal and Review Rights Under the Planning Bill 2013

14 Nov, 2013

Whilst the Planning Bill 2013 (Bill) continues to provide for a comprehensive range of merit appeal rights in relation to decisions made under it, the Bill attempts to limit the circumstances under which persons can challenge decisions on the basis of…

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Court prevents sale of community land in Manly

12 Nov, 2013

The case of Save Little Manly Beach Foreshore Incorporated v Manly Council (No 2) [2013] NSWLEC 156, decided by Biscoe J on 9 October 2013, serves as a timely reminder to councils of the importance of precisely following the procedures for classifying…

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Exempt development under Infrastructure SEPP

5 Nov, 2013

The recent decision of the Land & Environment Court  in Woodhouse v City of Sydney Council [2013] NSWLEC 182 considers the way in which the exempt development provisions in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (ISEPP) operate.

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