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A ‘Road’ is not a ‘Building’

In the recent case of Hakea Holdings Pty Ltd v Louisiana Properties Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 240, the NSW Court of Appeal held that the construction of a road did not constitute the erection of a building, and as a result … Continue reading

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When are extrinsic documents incorporated into a development consent

An issue which frequently arises in interpreting development consents is whether extrinsic documents may be taken into account. The general principle that consents are ‘stand alone’ documents, is subject to rules about when they do in fact incorporate other documents by … Continue reading

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Complying development certificate for dwelling found invalid for lack of retaining wall certification

The Building Professionals Board (‘BPB‘) recently investigated a complying development certificate (‘CDC‘) issued by an accredited certifier for the erection of a dwelling.  The CDC was issued without an engineer’s certificate for a retaining wall to support the excavation for … Continue reading

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Protective (or maximum) costs orders in the LEC

The power of the Land and Environment Court to make protective (or maximum) costs orders – orders which cap the costs that may be recovered by a party from another in litigation  – was considered by Pepper J in the … Continue reading

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Coastal Reforms Transitional Provisions – Coastal Management SEPP

The coastal reforms comprising the State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management) 2018 (CM SEPP) and the Coastal Management Act 2016 (Act) commenced on 3 April 2018. These reforms repealed the Coastal Protection Act 1979 (Former Act). However, the Act and CM SEPP do not automatically … Continue reading

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Conciliation agreements – Commissioners must give reasons

A development consent granted by a Land and Environment Court Commissioner following a s34 conciliation conference has been set aside by the Court of Appeal because the Commissioner failed to give reasons evidencing her satisfaction as to the legal prerequisites … Continue reading

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Is it a bird or is it a plane? – the use of drones for enforcement activities

In September 2018 the Department of Planning and Environment (‘DPE’) released guidelines for the DPE compliance unit for the operation of remotely piloted aircraft , also known as drones or unmanned aircraft (‘Drones’) in compliance and enforcement functions.

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Western Sydney Airport – development in protected airspace

The protected airspace for Western Sydney Airport was declared under the Airports Act 1996 (Cth) and the Airports (Protection of Airspace) Amendment Regulation 1996 (Cth) on 19 October 2017. Development that infringes on protected airspace may require approval from the Australian … Continue reading

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UPDATE – proposed planning framework for Short-Term Rental Accommodation available for comment

The Department of Planning & Environment (Department) has recently released for public comment an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) regarding proposed amendments to the planning rules relating to short-term rental accommodation (STRA) in New South Wales (NSW). Amendments to existing … Continue reading

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Draft Urban Design Guide for Regional NSW – on public exhibition

The draft Urban Design Guide for Regional NSW: A Guide for Creating Healthy Built Environments in Regional NSW (“Guide”) has been prepared by the Government Architect NSW in collaboration with the Department of Planning & Environment and is currently on … Continue reading

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