Monthly Archives: June 2013

A referendum on recognition of local government

At the next federal election on 14 September 2013, it is likely that Australian voters will be asked to vote on a change to Australia’s Constitution that would give some recognition to local government.

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White Paper & Planning Bill 2013 – Key Changes to Building and Subdivision Regulation

Chapter 8 of the NSW Government’s A New Planning System for NSW – White Paper (White Paper) and the Planning Bill 2013 – Exposure Draft (Planning Bill) contain proposed amendments to the scheme for building regulation and certification in NSW. The key … Continue reading

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Early Intervention Bill passed with some amendments

The Local Government Amendment (Early Intervention) Bill 2013 (Bill) has now passed through both Houses of Parliament and is awaiting Royal Assent. The Legislative Assembly yesterday agreed to the amendments proposed by the Legislative Council. The amendments significantly curtail the Minister’s … Continue reading

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Protection of Suburban Character under the White Paper

One of the reforms proposed in the A New Planning System for NSW – White Paper (White Paper), is a reduction in the number of land use zones. The White Paper proposes only one residential zone which will include ‘Suburban Character Areas and … Continue reading

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Changes to appeals processes under the New Planning System

The NSW Government’s White Paper ‘A New Planning System for NSW’ proposes minimal change in relation to the appeals system for development applications. However, there are some, and a summary is outlined below.

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Strategic Planning under the White Paper

One of the key reforms proposed in the Exposure Draft Planning Bill 2013 (Planning Bill) and the A New Planning System for NSW – White Paper (White Paper) is a new hierarchy of strategic planning documents aimed at ensuring a clear line … Continue reading

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