New South Wales

Infrastructure NSW chairman announced

NEW South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell and Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner this week announced the appointment of former NSW Premier Nick Greiner as the Chairman of Infrastructure NSW.

The Coalition made a commitment during its election campaign to establishing Infrastructure NSW in order to respond to infrastructure challenges facing the State.

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Details of new NSW transport authority announced

NEW South Wales Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, and Roads and Ports Minister, Duncan Gay, last week announced details of a new integrated transport authority for NSW, as promised by the Coalition during its election campaign.

The new authority aims to co-ordinate the state's transport services and ensure transport projects are built on time and on budget. It will also ensure planning and policy across all modes of transport are fully integrated, according to the Ministers.

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What's in store for planning in New South Wales?

AFTER sixteen years of Labor rule, voters in New South Wales last month delivered a punishing verdict, with unprecedented swings away from Labor resulting in a crushing defeat and providing the incoming Coalition Government with a new record majority in the Legislative Assembly.

The change of government from Labor to the Liberal-National Coalition is set to alter the course of planning in NSW. Based on policies and statements made during the election campaign and since the new government has taken office, planning has emerged as a key area which the government intends to transform.

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City of Sydney extends deadline for City Plan submissions

THE City of Sydney has extended the deadline for submissions to the City of Sydney's draft planning controls by three weeks.

The draft plan aims to guide future development across the local government area and covers issues such as zoning, building height, density, parking, design, heritage protection and sustainable growth.

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Sydney needs a second airport: Albanese

SYDNEY needs a second airport "sooner rather than later", according to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese, who this week said that a report investigating Sydney's airport needs and related land transport matters would be released in the second half of this year.

Mr Albanese this week said that economic modelling shows that a second airport for Sydney will be required soon rather than later, with Sydney Airport found to be close to capacity.

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New O'Farrell government moves to end Part 3A planning laws in NSW

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has unveiled his 100 Day Action Plan and announced that State Cabinet's first meeting decided to scrap Part 3A of the planning laws, with all new applications to be halted from today.

Announcing his 100 Day Action Plan, Premier O'Farrell said his government would be "the busiest government in Australia," with removal of the Part 3A planning laws and the establishment of a Planning Review Panel to begin the process of drafting a new Planning Act some of the key priorities of the new government.

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Winning design revealed for Church Street redevelopment site at Parramatta

THE winning architectural design for the redevelopment of one of Parramatta's key city centre sites has been revealed by the NSW Department of Planning and Parramatta City Council.

It was announced this week that Tony Caro Architecture has won the design competition for the proposed $111 million mixed-use residential development on the former David Jones site at 330 Church Street.

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Singleton Council ordered to repair environmental damage

SINGLETON Council will have to repair environmental damage caused by unauthorised land clearing of land protected under national environment law at Jerrys Plains Cemetery in the Hunter Valley.

A federal environment department investigation found that the Council allowed the clearing of part of a critically endangered ecological community, protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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Property Council releases new policy paper on NSW Local Government Reform

NEW South Wales has too many local councils that suffer from out-dated boundaries, a lack of resource sharing, poor planning and a lack of leadership, according to a new policy paper released by the Property Council of Australia.

The policy paper, Local Government Reform, also states that councils face challenges including financial instability, an over reliance on development levies, an infrastructure deficit and a shortage of skilled professionals.

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NSW Government releases election planning policy

IN the lead up to this weekend's general election, the NSW Government has released its planning policy, promising that if re-elected, the government will maintain a 70:30 split between urban consolidation and greenfield expansion and build 90,000 new homes close to public transport links by 2016.

The government says its plans will accommodate a population of more than nine million people by 2036 with 80 per cent of new housing to be within walking distance of major centres by 2031.

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'Planning system has lost its way': LGSA

THE Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) are calling on all political parties to scrap Part 3A and end the State Government's control of the NSW planning system.

The LGSA say a genuine test and independent commission for state significant developments is needed to restore the balance to land use planning.

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Plans lodged for $1bn redevelopment at North Ryde

THE NSW Department of Planning will consider plans for a $1 billion residential and commercial redevelopment around North Ryde Station in Sydney's inner north that could potentially provide for over 3,000 new dwellings and more than 50,000 square metres of retail and commercial floor space.

The proposal for the 14 hectare precinct within the Macquarie Park Specialised Centre was submitted by the Transport Construction Authority (TCA).

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NSW Government approves modification to residential development plan at Epping

A $45 million expansion of a residential project on the former Channel 7 site at Epping has been approved by the NSW Government, allowing for an extra 150 residential units.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the modification to a concept plan first approved in 2006 would provide much needed additional housing and contribute to housing targets set by the Metropolitan Plan for Sydney 2036.

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