Local issues

13 May 2011

Bega Valley Shire Council has placed its draft comprehensive local environmental plan and the draft Bega Valley Development Control Plan 2011 on exhibition until the 8 July 2011. The exhibition material, including mapping and written instrument may be accessed from here. The most recent council officer report recommending that the plan be exhibited is here. Please contact us with your comments and/or concerns from inclusion in a submission to Council if appropriate.

Camden Council will receive $2 million from the Department of Planning and Infrastructure. Apparently the funding will be used by the Council to fund additional resources to speed up the assessment of development applications and complete strategic planning work. A number of other councils across NSW will share in $1.2 million from the Governments Planning Reform Fund. Of note, Mosman Council has been awarded $225,000 to fund specialist consultant services and council costs to complete the Mosman Spit Junction Masterplan project that the Council says will provide a coordinated approach to future development and allow for an increase in housing and employment opportunities consistent with the transit-oriented development principles of the Metropolitan Plan. A complete listing of funding awarded to councils is here.

It seems that Hornsby Council wants the newly elected state government to delay the progress of the Hornsby Shire housing strategy. Apparently, the strategy suggests significant areas of multi storey housing development in Hornsby, Pennant Hills, Asquith, Berowra, Mt Colah, Waitara, Normanhurst and Thornleigh. The Council is not supportive of this degree of development and will request the intervention of the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Brad Hazzard, to place the strategy on hold. This issue was considered as a matter of urgency by the Council and the Councils resolution may be found on page 12 of the Council minutes accessed from here.

Mr Neil Porter has been appointed as Port Macquarie-Hastings Councils new Administrator following the resignation of Mr Garry Payne. Mr Porter commenced duties on 30 April 2011. The Governments media release is here.

The NSW Government will hold local government elections for Shellharbour City Council and Wollongong City Council in September this year. More information is here.

Shoalhaven Shire Councils development committee has resolved to refuse a development application for demolition of an existing motel building and the construction of a new building to be used for a Dan Murphys retail outlet that will sell alcohol related products. The proposed building has a gross floor area of approximately 1,485m², with operating hours of 9am to 9pm seven days a week. The central issue for refusal relates to the Councils view that there will be an undesirable social impact if a discount liquor store was permitted in East Nowra. The full council officer report starts on page 20 of the Council business paper and may be accessed from here.

The draft Weddin Local Environmental Plan 2011 is on exhibition until 30 May 2011. Weddin Shire Council is located approximately 100 kilometres west of Cowra in country NSW. Please contact us with any comments or concerns for inclusion in a submission if appropriate. The draft LEP and supporting documentation can be accessed from here.

On 21 April, the Planning Assessment Commission approved a Part 3A project application for 735 dwellings in five buildings at Walker Street, Rhodes. The details are here.

Last week (on Thursday 5 May ) the Director-General of the NSW Department of Planning, Sam Haddad, approved (as delegate for the Minister for Planning) a Part 3A concept plan for a mixed use development at Discovery Point Precinct, Wolli Creek. More detail is here.