Monthly Archives: April 2013

Planning Reform White Paper Released

The NSW Government has today released the White Paper on planning reform in NSW, ‘A new planning system for NSW’. Two Exposure Bills, the Planning Bill 2013 and the Planning Administration Bill 2o13 have also been released.

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New State Government Powers to Suspend Councils

The Local Government Amendment (Early Intervention) Bill 2013 (Bill) was introduced into the Legislative Assembly on 26 February 2013 to give the State government more power to suspend and appoint administrators to councils to address ‘dysfunction and poor performance in … Continue reading

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The new planning system for NSW and draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney to 2031- Some observations

We previously reported on the NSW Government’s Green Paper, A New System for Planning for NSW (Green Paper) (here and here). The Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney to 2031 (Draft Strategy) has now been placed on public exhibition to 31 … Continue reading

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New Planning Principle for Public Domain Views Established by Land & Environment Court

In Rose Bay Marina Pty Limited v Woollahra Municipal Council & Anr [2013] NSWLEC 1046 the Land and Environment Court established a ‘planning principle’ for public domain views. A planning principle is a statement of a desirable outcome or a list … Continue reading

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Copyright v EPA Act – have things changed?

In April 2012, LTL wrote about some of the difficulties faced by local councils in fulfilling their obligations to make certain information, such as development applications (DAs) and accompanying documents, publicly available, whilst at the same time avoiding a breach of copyright … Continue reading

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Some cases on Sentencing

Defendants charged with breaching section 125 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (offences against the Act and its regulations) are often surprised to learn that their offences are dealt with under the same general sentencing principles that apply … Continue reading

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