Monthly Archives: May 2016

Clause 4.6 Objections – Update on the Four2Five Decision

My earlier post in July 2015 (see below) about the Land and Environment Court’s decision in Four2Five has been one of our most read posts.  It is timely to provide an update on what has happened since.

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Proposed reforms for land management and biodiversity conservation in NSW

On 3 May 2016, the government announced a consultation package for a new system of land management and conservation of native plant and animal species in the State. The package is ‘designed to create a new system that improves both environmental outcomes and the … Continue reading

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Value Capture through Voluntary Planning Agreements Part 1

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 … Continue reading

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19 new amalgamated Councils for NSW

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 … Continue reading

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Coastal Management Bill 2016 – Introduced into Parliament

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

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 … Continue reading

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