Value Capture through Voluntary Planning Agreements Part 1

18 May, 2016

Section 93F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (‘EPA Act‘) establishes a statutory system of bargaining for community benefits between planning authorities and persons interested in the use and development of land, such as landowners and developers (‘landowners‘). The bargain…

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19 new amalgamated Councils for NSW

12 May, 2016

As expected the Government has announced  the amalgamation of numerous local councils across NSW.  In total, 19 new councils have been created.  Further amalgamations have been deferred pending the outcome of legal challenges. 2 proclamations creating the new councils have…

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Coastal Management Bill 2016 – Introduced into Parliament

10 May, 2016

The Government has taken its next step in implementing its reform package for the management of the NSW coastline by introducing the Coastal Management Bill 2016 (Bill) into Parliament. The Bill, once it commences, will replace the current Coastal Protection Act 1979 (CP Act).

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Challenging CDCs – An update

5 May, 2016

LTL has regularly posted on decisions of the Land and Environment Court involving enforcement proceedings brought by councils seeking to set aside complying development certificates (CDC) issued by private certifiers. In the recent decision of Craig J in Bankstown City Council v Ramahi (No…

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