Monthly Archives: September 2014

Costs in s88K easement proceedings – will the burdened party ever pay?

As land owners across the metropolitan area seek to redevelop land for higher density living, Councils are increasingly imposing requirements on development consents that easements, often for stormwater drainage purposes, be acquired over adjoining properties. Not surprisingly, requests to grant … Continue reading

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Unreasonableness in Risk Management

It is often considered that it is difficult to have planning decisions set aside on the basis of ‘Wednesbury’ unreasonableness, that is, that the decision  is  so unreasonable that no reasonable authority could ever have come to it (Associated Provincial Picture Houses … Continue reading

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Government announces $1 billion ‘Fit for the Future’ funding package to encourage Local Government mergers

The State Government yesterday announced the $1 billion “Fit for the Future” funding package which it has described as “the most significant investment the State has ever made in the local government sector”. The funding package, which responds to the … Continue reading

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Flexible biodiversity offsets allowed for major projects

In my earlier post, I reported on the role of biodiversity offsets in the development assessment process. It is now clear that biodiversity offsets still have a clear role to play. The Office of Environment and Heritage (‘OEH‘) has recently published a … Continue reading

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