Local issues

29 November 2010

Rural land at Gillieston Heights has been rezoned to allow around 240 new homes near Maitland in the Hunter Valley. The subject land adjoins the Gillieston Heights village and covers approximately 24 hectares.

Apparently this land had been identified for residential development in the Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy and Lower Hunter Regional Strategy. The government’s media release is here.

Marsden Park Industrial area has been rezoned creating a 550 hectare industrial precinct in the northwest of the Sydney Metropolitan area. This is to be an integrated commercial, industrial, bulky goods and residential precinct. The government says that this area will accommodate 10,000 new jobs and around 1,200 new homes near the future Marsden Park town centre; 70 hectares of commercial land; 40 hectares of bulky goods retailing; 206 hectares of industrial land; and 63 hectares of conservation land and open space. The government’s media release is available here.

Parramatta Council is in the process of amending the City Centre Local Environmental Plan to specify that the number of car parking spaces required per square metre of floor space is a maximum allowable number. This draft LEP is on exhibition until 17 December. We previously successfully blocked this change, but the council has now reconsidered the matter. The draft LEP can be accessed here. The Council’s correspondence to the Urban Taskforce outlining their desire to proceed with the amendment of their LEP may be accessed from here. Our previous submission on the issue is here.

Randwick Council has placed a discussion paper on exhibition until 17 December that considers planning issues affecting the “Randwick Education and Health Specialised Centre” precinct including employment growth, floorspace demands, housing and transport needs, sustainability and the public domain. More information is here.

A draft Marrickville Local Environmental Plan and draft development control plan are on public exhibition until Friday 4 February 2011. The LEP is “standard instrument” compliant. Please contact us if you have concerns and/or comments relating to this draft plan. Further information is available here.

The NSW Government has provided two transport studies to the Newcastle Centre Renewal Steering Committee which will be used to develop the submission to Infrastructure Australia for the revitalisation of the Newcastle CBD. Both studies were prepared by AECOM. One is a preliminary assessment of Wickham station (available here) and the other is the Newcastle City Centre Renewal Transport Management and Accessibility Plan (available here). Please contact us if you have concerns and/or comments relating to these documents.

The draft Newcastle Local Environmental Plan has been placed on public exhibition until 21 December. This draft is a standard instrument compliant LEP and will replace Newcastle LEP 2003 and Newcastle City Centre LEP 2008. Please contact us if you have concerns and/or comments relating to this draft plan. Further information is available here.

The North Wyong structure plan is on public exhibition until 22 December 2010. Apparently this Structure Plan considers the future of the northern part of the Wyong local government area until 2031 and identifies future residential, employment and environmental areas, along with a framework to provide infrastructure. Further information on the plan is here.

The NSW Government has approved a residential subdivision at Potts Hill in Sydney’s west. The Landcom project is expected to deliver 450 new homes and public open space in the western residential precinct of the Potts Hill Reservoir site. The government’s media release is here.

The NSW Government is considering appointing a planning administrator to Wagga Wagga City Council as a response to complaints from the community alleging poor performance of the Council. Complaints relate to inefficient development application assessment, inconsistent advice and poor customer service and complaint management. The Department of Planning will also undertake a review of the Wagga Wagga Planning Panel. The government’s media release is here.