New South Wales

NSW Electronic Housing Code expanded to include a further 11 councils

A FURTHER eleven councils have been selected for an expansion of the Electronic Housing Code (EHC), an online system designed to fast-track complying development applications in New South Wales.

The online system, launched last year and already operational in 10 local government areas, allows for the electronic lodgement of complying development applications under the NSW Housing Code for lots of 200 square metres and above.

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Review of potential housing sites begins in NSW

THE New South Wales Government has commenced a review of potential housing opportunities on 43 sites nominated by landowners, mostly located in Sydney's south-west and north-west fringe.

The review follows an invitation by Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard for landowners to submit expressions of interest if they are interested in developing their land for housing. The closing date for submissions was 29 November 2011.

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NSW homeowners say independent experts should determine significant development applications: Property Council

NEW research released this week by the Property Council of Australia found that more than three quarters of homeowners in New South Wales would prefer independent planning panels to decide significant development applications.

By contrast, only 22 per cent of homeowners would prefer a system where significant developments are approved or rejected by local politicians.

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NSW Government seeks feedback on extending rules for educational development

THE New South Wales Government is seeking to extend the rules for educational development by ensuring that the current planning provisions applying to development proposals by public and private education bodies continue to apply.

Currently, both public authorities and non-government proponents are able to undertake development with consent in certain prescribed zones, such as most rural zones as well as all residential, commercial, and special purpose zones, under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007.

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Parramatta City Council has its own light-rail ambitions

PARRAMATTA Lord Mayor, Lorraine Wearne, last week said she is encouraged by the State Government's positive response to the development of a light-rail network in Sydney and called for it to be expanded as part of a solution to Western Sydney's transport problems.

Early last week, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell expressed his desire to expand Sydney's tram network, saying work should commence on a light rail project in the city or eastern suburbs before the next election.

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LGSA welcomes NSW Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme

THE Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) have welcomed the commencement of the NSW Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme, saying it honours an important election commitment to local government in the state.

The five-year, $70 million Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme was announced by Treasurer Mike Baird in the Budget in September and Local Government Minister Don Page this month announced that applications for the Scheme can now be accepted.

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SCG to undergo $186m upgrade

PRIME Minster Julia Gillard and NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell last week celebrated the 100th test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) by announcing a $186 million upgrade to the Bradman, Noble and Messenger Stands.

The upgrade will replace the M.A.Noble Stand, the Bradman Stand and the Dally Messenger Stand and is the second stage of the SCG's Master Plan, following the opening of the Victor Trumper Stand in 2008.

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Draft NSW planning guidelines for wind farms released for public comment

DRAFT statewide planning guidelines for wind farms have been released for public comment in New South Wales in an effort to ensure effective consultation with local communities and deliver improved consistency, transparency and rigour in the planning assessment process.

According to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, the draft wind farm guidelines have been prepared in consultation the community and energy industry to provide a regulatory framework to guide investment in wind farms across NSW, while minimising and avoiding any potential impacts on local communities.

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New agreement to support growth in western Sydney

THE Australian and New South Wales governments have signed off on a program which paves the way for 30 years of sustainable growth in western Sydney.

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke and NSW Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard last week announced the Sydney Growth Centres Strategic Assessment Program that will streamline delivery of new homes to meet growth, cut red tape for developers and provide certainty for communities.

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Plans to rezone West Menai land for major development on public exhibition

THE New South Wales Department of Planning and Infrastructure is seeking feedback on significant plans to rezone land in the West Menai area for residential and commercial development.

The Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council is seeking NSW Government support for the rezoning to support the development of 2,700 new dwellings, 70 hectares of employment land and 514 hectares of conservation areas.

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New planning controls approved for Harold Park

THE former Harold Park paceway site in Sydney has been rezoned to support the development of approximately 1,250 new dwellings as well as commercial space.

Approved by the NSW Government earlier this month, the Harold Park Local Environmental Plan (LEP) rezones the site for mixed use and also lists the historic Rozelle Tram Depot as an item of local heritage significance.

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NSW Government approves a number of new LEPs

THE New South Wales Government this month approved a number of new local environmental plans (LEPs), bringing the total number of standard instrument LEPs approved to 54 across the state.

LEPs for Cessnock City Council, Clarence Valley Council, Maitland City Council, Bland Shire Council, Marrickville Council, Moree Plains Shire, Liverpool Plains Shire Council as well as a number of other metropolitan and regional councils have been approved in December.

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Issues Paper released as part of NSW Planning Review

THE first stage of the New South Wales Planning System Review has concluded, with the release of an Issues Paper last week that summarises stakeholder and community feedback.

The Issues Paper, which was developed based on feedback received during the 'listening and scoping' stage of the review, reflects the matters raised during the consultation process and does not seek to set the vision or details for a new planning system.

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