Monthly Archives: July 2018

When can a Sydney District or Regional Planning Panel ‘Direct and Control’ a Council in a Class 1 Appeal?

For the first time, the Land and Environment Court has considered a recently introduced provision of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act) which makes a council subject to the direction and control of a planning panel in the conduct of … Continue reading

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Changes to the Roads Act by the new Crown Lands Legislation

When the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (CLM Act) commenced in full on 1 July 2018, provisions relating to Crown roads and public roads in the Roads Act 1993 (Roads Act) were amended. Significantly, the Roads Act now distinguishes between ‘council public roads‘, … Continue reading

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New Housing Codes Commence

On 6 July 2018 the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP) was amended to include the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (MDH Code) and the Greenfield Housing Code (GH Code). Consequential amendments were also made to the Environmental Planning … Continue reading

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When should you decide a discount application for GIPA processing charges?

In the recent matter of Shoebridge v Office of Environment and Heritage [2018] NSWCATAP 144, the Appeal Panel of the NCAT considered whether a government agency was obliged to determine an application for a discount to a processing charge before … Continue reading

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Auditor-General’s Local Government Sector-Wide Audit Reports in 2018

At the end of June 2018, the Audit Office of New South Wales published the third  in a series of sector-wide financial and performance audit reports of councils in New South Wales by the Auditor-General. The reports were published between … Continue reading

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NSW Government one step closer to regulating Airbnb

The State Government has taken the first step towards regulating the short-term rental accommodation (STRA) industry and the practice of short-term holiday letting in New South Wales (NSW) by introducing the  Fair Trading Amendment (Short-Term Rental Accommodation) Bill 2018 (Bill).

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