New South Wales

Feedback sought on rezoning proposal for Gosford Waterfront

THE New South Wales Department of Planning and Infrastructure is seeking feedback on key planning controls to support the proposed revitalisation of the Gosford waterfront area, known as The Landing at Gosford.

The proposed controls, which were submitted by the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation, were placed on public exhibition by the Department at the end of last month.

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New LEP approved for Weddin Shire

THE New South Wales Department of Planning and Infrastructure last week approved a new local environmental plan (LEP) for Weddin Shire, which is located approximately 370 kilometres west of Sydney and includes the town of Grenfell.

The Weddin Local Environmental Plan 2011 provides the Shire with new planning controls, including the establishment of new residential, business and industrial zones for Grenfell and confirmation of village boundaries across the Shire.

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Three consortia shortlisted for Sydney convention centre project

THE creation of Sydney's new 12-hectare convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct at Darling Harbour has moved ahead, with the New South Wales Government announcing it has shortlisted three consortia to build and operate the facilities.

Making the announcement last week, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said the consortia were a mix of local and international players with a depth of experience in construction and maintenance as well as operations and events.

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NSW Auditor-General releases report on transport and ports

MAJOR transport projects are over budget and behind schedule, there is widespread concern among train users at crowding on trains and morning peak hour travel speeds have worsened on major Sydney roads, according to a new report released last week by NSW Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay welcomed the report and said the findings were a reflection of the previous Labor Government's incompetence at fixing transport issues.

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NSW to develop 'Long Term Transport Master Plan'

THE New South Wales Government will develop a 'Long Term Transport Master Plan' to plan for the state's transport network, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay announced yesterday.

The master plan, which the government said will involve 'unprecedented collaboration' with the public, aims to provide clear and detailed information about what needs to happen over the next 20 years and address key challenges that face the state.

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NSW Government approves plan for Coffs Harbour's CBD

THE New South Wales Government this week announced the approval of the Coffs Harbour CBD Local Environmental Plan (LEP), which is expected to generate 2,000 jobs and deliver housing for  5,000 residents in the local area.

NSW Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard said approval of the LEP will provide certainty for Coffs Harbour businesses and residents and supports government's vision of sustainable growth in regional city centres.

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Wind farm proposal near Glen Innes placed on public exhibition

THE New South Wales Department of Planning and Infrastructure is inviting the public to comment on plans for a wind farm near Glen Innes.

The proposed Sapphire Wind Farm, which would be located approximately 28 kilometres east of Inverell, includes the construction and operation of up to 159 wind turbines and associated infrastructure.

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NSW Government submits three priority proposals to Infrastructure Australia

THE New South Wales Government this month released its submission to Infrastructure Australia, with three of its highest priority projects, the Pacific Highway Upgrade, North West Rail Link and Port Botany and Sydney Airport Transport Improvement Plan, put forward to the Australian Government for consideration.

In its submission, the government said it has set out to directly address the criticisms by Infrastructure Australia of past NSW Government Submissions, with 2011 marking "the beginning of a concerted effort to achieve not merely improvement but to position NSW as a national leader in infrastructure planning and as a constructive partner in national reform."

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Feedback sought on revised development control plan for Warnervale Town Centre

THE NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure is calling for feedback on a proposal to transfer the Warnervale Town Centre's planning controls to Wyong Shire Council and encourage a wider range of residential development in the heart of the centre.

The 114 hectare town centre site, which comprises 21 separate land owners, is located on the northern side of Sparks Road, adjacent to a proposed new rail station and near the Wyong Employment Zone.

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NSW review of residential flat design policy

THE New South Wales Government is inviting councils, residents and industry to have their say on how apartment blocks are built and renovated to ensure that its policies remain current, relevant and useful.

The Department of Planning and Infrastructure has released a discussion paper outlining potential areas of amendment to State Environmental Planning Policy 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (SEPP 65) and the Residential Flat Design Code.

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$420m plan to transform North Penrith site for housing and employment

UP to 1,000 new homes, more than seven hectares of open space and 2,500 jobs will be created at a former army site, the New South Wales Government announced last week.

Under the newly approved plans, worth $420 million, the former North Penrith army site will be transformed into a mixed-use hub by state government-owned developer Landcom.

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LGSA submission to NSW planning system review

ENSHRINING the community's right to have a say in planning decisions, restoring the balance of responsibilities between State and Local Government and better aligning land use planning at the regional and local level with other legislation and plans are areas that should be addressed in the NSW planning review, according to the Local Government & Shires Associations of NSW  (LGSA).

In its submission to the NSW Planning System Review, the LGSA strongly welcomed the review and said there is a need for wide ranging and comprehensive reform of the planning system to ensure it can meet the needs of NSW communities into the 21st century.

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New LEP approved for Dubbo

THE NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure has approved Dubbo City Council's new local environmental plan (LEP), which provides additional land for housing and employment.

The LEP zones an additional 1,620 hectares for residential use, potentially accommodating up to 7,000 new residential lots over the medium to long-term.

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