NSW government rezones land at Kurnell peninsula

NSW Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, last week approved a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) which rezones land for housing and public recreation in Sutherland Shire.

The rezoning will allow for a $700 million project, providing nearly 33 hectares of low density housing adjacent to existing residential areas of Cronulla and more than 91 hectares of land for public recreation and conservation purposes.

NSW government approves $276m Warner Industrial Park

THE NSW government this week announced it has approved the $276 million Warner Industrial Park on the Central Coast which it says will support the delivery of nearly 3,200 local jobs.

Warner Industrial Park, to be developed by Terrace Tower Group Pty Ltd, is part of the Wyong Employment Zone, which was approved nearly two years ago by Premier Kristina Keneally in her capacity as Minister for Planning.

NSW government alters development contributions system

IN a bid to boost housing, the NSW government yesterday announced the establishment of a $50 million fund to provide for priority infrastructure projects to assist local councils in approving housing developments in growth centres.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly said that following "extensive consultation with stakeholders", a number of new measures would be introduced in order to increase housing construction and ensure downward pressure on housing prices.

New planning visions and direction for Perth and Peel released

WEST Australian Planning Minister, John Day, released a new planning vision and direction for Perth and Peel on Monday to guide the planning of the city to 2031 and beyond, saying it sets out clear objectives and is realistic and achievable.

The spatial planning framework, 'Directions 2031 and beyond', was launched by Mr Day at a Planning Institute Australia (PIA) forum, and was presented as a significant evolution in metropolitan strategic planning.

ACT government launches 'Canberra 2030 – Time to Talk'

THE ACT Government has launched 'Canberra 2030 – Time to Talk', asking for an in-depth conversation with the Canberra community about the kind of city Canberra should be in 2030.

The discussion will be based on 10 themes - Population, Water, Canberra Homes, Getting Around, Land Use and Planning, Liveability and Wellbeing, City Form, Environmental Sustainability, Living in the Nation's Capital, and 'Who Pays?'.

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New planning measures to respond to bushfire risks in Victoria

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Justin Madden has today announced new measures to reduce bushfire risks, including a reduction of planning red tape, greater freedom to clear vegetation from around homes and detailed mapping of bushfire risk areas.

Mr Madden said the government would also introduce new requirements for minimum distances of cleared space around a dwelling which would also help reduce the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating and related building costs to meet new national standards.

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Plan for voluntary acquisition of high bushfire risk land rejected by Vic Government

THE Victorian Government today announced its final response to the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission, accepting in full or in part 66 of its 67 recommendations. The government said that recommendations not accepted in full were based on a combination of expert advice and feedback received from communities.

The voluntary acquisition of land in bushfire prone areas was one of the recommendations of the Commission not accepted by the government, with the government estimating it would cost over $20 billion to implement the recommendation. It was also estimated that the cost of maintaining the vacated land would require at least $40 million a year.

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Central Sydney Planning Committee report released

THE NSW Government today released the report of an independent review into the functions of the Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC).

The review was conducted by an independent panel chaired by Gabrielle Kibble AO, a former Director-General of the Department of Planning.

Coogee Bay Hotel proponents welcome Government Architect review

THE proponents of the Coogee Bay Hotel development have welcomed the appointment of the State Government Architect to review and advise on the urban design merits of the proposal prior to the project being declared a Major Development Declaration.

Oakstand Property Group is developing the site in conjunction with Hospitality, (owner of the Coogee Bay Hotel) and it is believed to be the first time the Department of Planning has sought to assess the design merits prior to declaration.

Property industry alliance calls for a national urban strategy

The Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) alliance has called for a National Urban Strategy to promote economic growth and liveable and environmentally sustainable cities.

The BEMP alliance, which includes Consult Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Green Building Council of Australia, the Planning Institute of Australia and the Property Council of Australia, have highlighted the need for a long-term, coordinated and cooperative approach to Australia's cities.

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Draft development scheme for Oonoonba UDA released for public consultation

The draft development scheme for the Oonoonba Urban Development Area (UDA) has been released for public consultation, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe announced yesterday.

The release of the draft development scheme follows the June 21 circulation of the Oonoonba UDA draft structure plan for public consultation. The proposed development scheme builds upon this process and will be available for public comment until October 4.

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Woolloongabba UDA released for public comment

The proposed development scheme for the Woolloongabba Urban Development Area (UDA) has been released for public comment, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe announced yesterday.

Mr Hinchliffe encouraged residents to have their say on the draft development scheme, which provides greater detail on proposed plans for the 10 hectare site.

Major redevelopment is proposed for the area, including retail, residential and commercial development, potentially providing 8,000 jobs and homes for between 4,000 and 5,000 people.

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Cessnock City Council loses planning powers

NSW Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, yesterday stripped some of Cessnock City Council's planning powers, stating that there are serious concerns about its ability to exercise its planning role in a timely and effective manner.

An independent expert panel has been appointed to undertake the planning functions of Cessnock City Council for a period of five years. This follows Mr Kelly's request in May for the council to show why its planning powers should not be removed due to a history of delays in dealing with rezonings and development applications.

Victorian Planning Minister approves $484m Berrybank Wind Farm

VICTORIAN Planning Minister, Justin Madden, has approved planning applications for the development of the $484 million Berrybank Wind Energy Facility south-east of Lismore. This follows Mr Madden's approval last week of the Crowlands Wind Farm, which will consist of up to 72 turbines.

Approving the project, Mr Madden said he had accepted the recommendations of an independent panel and approved the project.

"The Berrybank Wind Energy Facility will include up to 99 wind generators producing up to 247.5 megawatts of electricity a year," Mr Madden said, enough to power approximately 171,000 homes.

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NSW Government Architect to review Coogee Bay Hotel plans

PLANNING Minister Tony Kelly yesterday announced that the Department of Planning will not consider Oakstand Property Group's proposals for redevelopment of the Coogee Bay Hotel site until a review is undertaken by the Government Architect.

Mr Kelly said the announcement follows concerns by the Department of Planning, Randwick City Council and the community over the different options being considered by developer.

NSW Government releases 'landmark' coastal planning guideline

THE NSW Government has introduced guidelines to help councils and State agencies consider the impact of sea level rises. The guideline, titled 'NSW Coastal Planning Guideline: Adapting to Sea Level Rise', was released today by Planning Minister Tony Kelly.

The guidelines cover the State's 1,500 kilometre coastline, which is expected to be home to an additional 600,000 residents by 2036.

Kingston Foreshore developments rejected

THE ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) this week refused two development applications for the Kingston Foreshore, saying that the proposals do not comply with Territory Plan provisions.

Chief Planning Executive Neil Savery said the two development proposals on Trevillian Quay exceeded height regulations, did not comply with ground level frontage and did not provide any potential for active frontage on either the quay or lake sides.

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MAV launches new program to improve planning process

THE Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) this week announced it has launched a new STEP planning improvement program to assist councils in achieving better and faster planning decisions.

In its media release, MAV said the new program would help councils identify efficiency improvements, manage compliance and risk, target scarce resources and deliver better outcomes for users of Victoria's planning system.

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Madden approves Crowlands Wind Farm

PLANNING Minister Justin Madden this week granted planning permits for the proposed Crowlands Wind Farm, to be located approximately 25 kilometres north-east of Ararat.

The wind farm will comprise up to 72 turbines with a 146.5 metre height to blade tip (100 metre tower and 93 metre rotor diameter) across an 816 hectare generator development envelope. The wind farm is expected to have a total generating capacity of over 172 megawatts, or enough to power 80,000 homes.

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New policy framework aims to boost active transport and save lives

A PARTNERSHIP of organisations from the health, transport and local government sectors this week today launched a new policy framework, 'An Australian Vision for Active Transport', setting out a nine point plan for a national approach to boosting participation in walking, cycling and public transport.

The five groups - The Australian Local Government Association, Bus Industry Confederation, Cycling Promotion Fund, the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the International Association of Public Transport – say that a sustainable and healthy future for Australia requires action to encourage more Australians to use active transport.

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WA Parliament passes planning reform Bill

THE West Australian Government this week announced that it had made "significant progress towards planning system reform", with the passing of new legislation by Parliament.

Planning Minister John Day said the Approvals and Related Reforms (No.4) (Planning) Bill 2009 would modify the Planning and Development Act 2005 to make Western Australia's planning system more transparent, consistent and efficient.

Development partner announced for Knutsford project

THE transformation of a former industrial site near the Fremantle city centre is a step closer this week, with the government announcing the selection of the Knutsford Consortium as preferred partner.

The Knutsford project is proposed to be a high-quality residential precinct, with a mix of densities and housing types and styles.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the submission by the Knutsford Consortium – which includes Fini Group, Georgiou Capital and Mainpart Holdings – was particularly strong in design quality, accommodation diversity, affordability and environmental leadership.

Madden outlines 233 Ministerial Interventions in planning matters in the last year

THE Victorian Government intervened in 233 planning matters in the twelve months to April this year. Planning Minister Justin Madden tabled the annual report of Ministerial Interventions on Tuesday saying that sustained investment in Victoria was vital to ensuring the State "survived the economic crisis."

"The Brumby Labor Government is willing to make the hard decisions on planning and ensure our system remains second to none while adapting to the unique conditions of the last 12 months," Mr Madden said.

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