Monthly Archives: June 2016

Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Bill 2016

The Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Bill 2016 (‘Governance and Planning Bill‘) was introduced into Parliament on 22 June 2016.  The Governance and Planning Bill is the first phase of the Government’s  broader reform of the Local Government Act 1993 … Continue reading

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New Councils – Transfer of Assets, Rights and Liabilities

My previous article (19 new amalgamated Councils for NSW),  focused on material operational matters for those new Councils created by the Local Government (Council Amalgamations) Proclamation 2016 and the Local Government (City of Parramatta and Cumberland) Proclamation 2016 of 12 … Continue reading

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Local Government and Elections Legislation Amendment (Integrity) Bill 2016 introduced

The Bill was introduced into the Legislative Assembly, yesterday 21 June 2016, addressing further governance issues relating to the disclosure of pecuniary interests and political donations in local government. The bill proposes the following:

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New Housing Code proposed to replace existing General Housing Code

The Department of Planning and Environment has published a draft Housing Code to replace the General Housing Code in Part 3 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (‘Codes SEPP‘).  While the draft Housing Code looks significantly … Continue reading

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Effect of Subdivision and Amalgamation on Interests in Land

It is not uncommon for disputes to arise regarding the effect of a subdivision or amalgamation of land, on interests in the land or easements affecting the land.

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Restraint Orders under the GIPA Act – an update

Last year, LTL wrote about a decision of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Pittwater Council v Walker)  in which restraint orders were made under s110 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) preventing Mr Walker from lodging access applications … Continue reading

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Value Capture through Voluntary Planning Agreements Part 2 – Key Issues & Examples of Some Local Council Practices

My previous article examined the concept of value capture, provided a basic land economics justification, and described how it is typically implemented through voluntary planning agreements (‘VPAs‘) under s93F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (‘EPA Act‘) in connection with planning proposals in an urban … Continue reading

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