Tag Archives | Planning Bill

Coalition’s planning reforms: another fail

The Coalition’s draft planning bill is out and our verdict? It’s a fail. The bill completely fails to mention climate change, climate preparedness or planning for a carbon constrained world, even though our planning system is the biggest contributor to carbon emissions in NSW. We think this omission is unacceptable. What else does the bill do? The good:  […]

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NSW government defies parliament to hide lobbyist links

The NSW Government has put itself on a collision course with the State’s Upper House by failing to produce documents detailing the Planning Minister’s repeated contacts with developer lobbyists during his attempted overhaul of the State’s planning laws. The documents were ordered to be produced by the Upper House in late March and were required […]

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O’Farrell forced to effectively abandon unpopular Planning Bill

The Minister for Planning Brad Hazzard has today been forced to admit reality and effectively abandon the O’Farrell government’s deeply unpopular planning bill which had betrayed its promise to return planning powers to the community. Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “United opposition from hundreds of resident, environment and heritage groups, and thousands […]

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Housing Affordability debated on 7:30 Report

When you hear lobbyists from the property industry talking about planning they inevitably run the argument that if only they could build more new housing then housing would be cheaper.  Their argument goes, if politicians changed the law to prevent the community from interfering with new developments then they would be able to build more […]

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Development lobby chides opposition over planning – Sydney City News

Sydney City News this morning reported that developer lobby group Urban Taskforce has urged opposition parties to back the state government’s original planning bill and to oppose the government’s proposed amendments that are currently awaiting consideration by the Legislative Council.  The developer lobby group Urban Taskforce has urged opposition parties to back the state government’s original […]

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Planning protest at Bruce Notley-Smith’s office

On Friday I attended a community action held by the Better Planning Network outside Liberal Coogee MP, Bruce Notley-Smith’s office. Channel 10 covered this issue and you can view the report above. It was great to meet with so many community members who share the Green’s concerns with the new planning laws that were introduced […]

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Government must withdraw planning Bill after admitting deceiving the public [media]

Following intense pressure from the Better Planning Network (BPN) the head of the NSW Planning Department has admitted that key communications sent by his department were misleading and inaccurate and gave a false impression of the impacts of the O’Farrell government’s controversial new planning laws. In response to a complaint from the BPN, the NSW […]

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