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Reminder: Validly issuing a Development Control Order

10 Jan, 2024

A relevant enforcement authority (including a local council) can issue a development control order (DCO) in certain circumstances to require a person to do or refrain from doing things to ensure compliance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979…

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Saving DAs – When is a development application ‘made’?

2 Sep, 2022

Many council’s local environmental plans (LEPs) include the model local clause 1.8A , which provides: 1.8A Savings provision relating to development applications [local] If a development application has been made before the commencement of this Plan in relation to land…

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Zombie Development: Acting on Old Development Consents

2 Aug, 2022

In recent years concerns have been raised by residents and environmentalists about ‘zombie’ housing estates in bushland areas along the NSW South Coast, including in the coastal towns of Manyana, Broulee and Tuross Head. The issue was back in the…

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Lapsing of Consents for Staged Developments

6 Apr, 2022

A recent case has illustrated the importance of closely interpreting conditions in consents for staged developments not only for compliance purposes, but also to determine what is needed to prevent the development consent from lapsing. Donvito v Hawkesbury City Council¬†[2022]…

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