New South Wales

NSW Govt. approves rezoning of Pasminco site in Lake Macquarie

THE NSW government yesterday announced it has approved a rezoning of the former Pasminco smelter site in Lake Macquarie, providing a boost employment and housing in the area.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the government had approved an amendment to the Lake Macquarie local environmental plan. The amendment will create a residential zone providing for up to 200 dwellings and commercial and industrial zones.

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New LEP approved for Camden Council

THE NSW Government has approved a new council-wide local environmental plan (LEP) for Camden Council.

The plan applies to the Camden local government area with the exception of those areas within the South West Growth Centre that are covered by the Sydney Region Growth Centres State environmental planning policy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NSW Govt approves $700m wind farm near Nimmitabel

THE second largest wind farm in NSW has been given approval by the NSW Government and is now awaiting Federal Government approval. The $700 million, 270 megawatt facility, will be located near Nimmitabel on the far south coast and is to be constructed by Boco Rock Wind Farm Pty Ltd.

Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, said the wind farm will have the potential to power up to 120,000 homes each year once fully operational, expected to be in 2013. The company hopes to begin producing electricity in 2012.

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New LEP for Numbucca Shire approved by NSW Government

A NEW council-wide local environmental plan (LEP) for Nambucca Shire has been approved by the NSW Government, potentially supporting an additional 2,200 residents by 2036.

"While there is already more than adequate supply of land for housing in the Shire, the new LEP more clearly identifies lands which are appropriate for housing, ensuring a well-planned – rather than ad-hoc – approach to future residential development," said Planning Minister Tony Kelly.

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Young Shire LEP approved by NSW Planning Minister

THE NSW Government has approved a new local environmental plan (LEP) for Young Shire, which supports up to 1,500 new dwellings and additional employment lands.

Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly, said the LEP implements significant strategic work and studies undertaken by the Shire, including the Young Shire Strategic Land Use Study Towards 2030.

Mr Kelly said the new planning controls will potentially support an extra 2,600 residents and provide 1,500 new dwellings by 2030.

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