New South Wales

Land and Environment Court dismisses Sandon Point appeal

THE Land and Environment Court last week upheld the NSW Government's approval of modifications to the Sandon Point residential development project by Stockland. The development site, north of Wollongong, is a culturally significant area for Aboriginal people.

The original proposal, which was approved by the Planning Minister in November 2009, included a 181-lot residential subdivision, a super-lot for residential apartments and construction of a display village and infrastructure at Sandon Point.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

NSW Parliament approves fast-tracking of small development appeals

THE NSW Parliament yesterday passed the Planning Appeals Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 that will create a fast-tracked appeal system for applications for single dwellings and dual occupancies. It will also result in changes to the systems for internal council reviews and costs orders.

The government expects the new scheme would cut decision times by half and substantially reduce legal costs. The Land and Environment Court will introduce a benchmark to accompany the new scheme aimed at resolving 95 per cent of appeals within three months.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

Eastern Creek landfill expansion gets the go-ahead

THE NSW Government has approved a $7.5 million extension of the Eastern Creek Waste and Recycling Centre. The Department of Planning's Deputy Director-General Richard Pearson today said he had approved the modification sought by WSN for the Eastern Creek site.

The modification will increase the total landfill capacity from the existing 2.9 million tonnes to 4.5 million tonnes and extend the landfill cessation date from 2014 for a further three years to June 2017.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

NSW Government releases response to 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission

THE NSW Government this month released its response to the recommendations of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and announced $106.9 million in funding for bushfire protection.

The government said it will introduce a package of measures, including increased rapid aerial attack resources, upgrades to fire-fighter pagers and radios and an extra $84 million for hazard reduction works.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

NSW Government moves to protect South Wallarah Peninsula

THE NSW Government has listed the villages of Catherine Hill Bay and Middle Camp on the State Heritage Register and finalised a new planning framework to guide future development on key sites within the South Wallarah Peninsula.

Announcing the new measures last week, Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the heritage listing provided the State's highest form of heritage recognition and protection, preserving the villages for future generations to enjoy.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

NSW Government introduces fast-tracked appeals scheme for small developments

NSW Planning Minister Tony Kelly and Attorney General John Hatzistergos last week introduced the Planning Appeals Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 into Parliament that includes a fast-tracked appeals process for small developments.

The Bill proposes a fast-tracked appeal system for applications for single dwellings and dual occupancies, by amending the Land and Environment Court Act 1979 (LEC Act) to create a new conciliation-arbitration scheme. It also proposes changes to the systems for internal council reviews and costs orders.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

Goulburn pipeline gets planning approval

THE construction and operation of an 81 kilometre water pipeline to supplement Goulburn's water supply has been approved this week by the NSW Government.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the $54 million Highlands Source Project, proposed by Goulburn Mulwaree Council, has been approved after a rigorous assessment.

The pipeline, which will take approximately 18 months to complete, will transfer up to 5 megalitres of water a day from Wingecarribee Reservoir, near Moss Vale, to the Goulburn water supply system at the Rossi Weir rising main.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

More housing for Lake Macquarie as NSW Govt approves LEP amendment

THE NSW Government has approved an amendment to the Lake Macquarie local environmental plan (LEP) to provide for additional housing and support an expansion of Avondale College.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the rezoning would provide land for 120 houses and allow for five hectares of extra land to expand the College.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

NSW Government to consider $425m Wynyard Station development

THE NSW Department of Planning will assess a $425 million development proposal for new office buildings and upgrade works at Wynyard Station, following the decision by Planning Minister Tony Kelly to declare the concept plan as a major project.

Mr Kelly said he has declared the concept plan proposal by Thakral Holdings to be a major project and assessed under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

NSW Government rejects residential development at Mossy Point

THE NSW Government has rejected a planning proposal for the construction of 90 permanent residential dwellings halfway between Batemans Bay and Moruya, saying the proposal is unacceptable and inappropriate.

The development was proposed for the privately-owned Oaks Ranch and Country Club at Mossy Point. The current zoning allows for tourism and a golf course with the consent of Eurobodalla Shire Council.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

$147m mixed-use development approved at Chatswood

NSW Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, yesterday announced the approval of a $147 million residential, commercial and retail development on a carpark site at Chatswood, providing additional housing and employment in close proximity to Chatswood Railway Station.

The development comprises two towers – one 29 storey residential tower and a 21 storey commercial tower – and will include 202 apartments, ground floor and lower level retail uses, 250 basement car spaces and a pedestrian plaza. Eight affordable housing units will be transferred to Willoughby City Council.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

Bunnings plans NSW expansion

BUNNINGS plans to open 15 new warehouses and 3 additional stores in New South Wales over the next three years, with the NSW Government aiming to ensure that the applications for the proposed sites are assessed efficiently and on their merits.

The expansion comprises:

  • Three new stores are under construction now at Seven Hills (scheduled to open in October 2010), Port Stephens (December 2010) and Chatswood (February 2011);
  • Sites have been identified for 12 new stores (subject to relevant approvals), at Alexandria, Balgowlah, Batemans Bay, Castle Hill, West Gosford, Greenacre, Rouse Hill, Tamworth, Marsden Park, Wallsend, Smithfield, and East Gardens; and
  • Three further sites have been identified: an existing Lithgow business has been secured and plans for trade centres at St Peters and Cromer are underway.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

Plans to establish the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority approved by Cabinet

THE NSW Cabinet has approved plans to establish the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA), which aims to create new sustainable urban centres with additional housing and commercial projects.

In February this year, the NSW government announced the plans to set up the SMDA to drive future transit-oriented development and urban renewal.

  • Written by Urbanalyst

Urbanalyst Banner