NSW Government announces $83 million Planning Reform Action Plan

In the next stage of the Government’s planning reforms in response to COVID19, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced an $83 million Planning Reform Action Plan.  From faster DA assessments to a new class of appeals to the Land and Environment Court, this article gives a snapshot of the Plan.   The Planning Reform Action […]

NSW Government buys time on development – Lapsing periods, existing use abandonment and appeal rights extended in response to COVID-19

On 13 May 2020, the NSW Government passed the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures—Miscellaneous) Bill 2020 (the Bill).  The Bill introduces several new amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act) that respond to the impact of COVID-19 and have significant impacts on both development proponents and consent authorities.   The amendments […]

Planning for the Pandemic – Ten changes to the NSW’s Planning and Local Government Laws in response to COVID-19

On 25 March 2020, the NSW Parliament passed the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 which makes amendments to a suite of NSW legislation in accordance with tightening restrictions on non-essential gatherings and to create greater flexibility for the government in responding to the changing conditions. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) […]

Rebuilding after bushfire

Recently New South Wales has experienced unprecedented devastating bushfires, which have destroyed over 450 homes. With summer on our doorstep and the predicted dangerous bushfire season, it is timely to know the methods and requirements of reconstructing the buildings lost in natural disasters. This article provides a useful starting point to the pathways available for […]

Building stronger foundations – 10 key points for architects and designers about the proposed reforms to the regulation of the building and construction sector

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The NSW Government has now (on 26 June 2019) released a discussion paper entitled “Building Stronger Foundations: Implementing the NSW Government Response to the Shergold Weir Building Confidence Report” (the Discussion Paper).  The Discussion Paper responds to some of the recommendations of the 9 February 2018 report ‘Building Confidence: effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems […]