Airbnb is part of the “sharing economy” and is doing a great job disrupting the hotel industry and providing an occasional income source to many home owners. However, some people are concerned that the majority of Airbnb listings in most… Read more
We are sometimes asked “what effect does an old Local Government Act approval have under a modern Local Environmental Plan”. This post outlines the general planning law mumbo jumbo, as we understand it, applicable to this situation.
Historic building approvals… Read more
In June 2016 the Department of Planning exhibited its Draft North Coast Regional Pan. The goals of the plan included the protection of the environment and to provide places for vibrant communities meeting the changing demographic needs of the north… Read more
In May 2016 Byron Shire Council Exhibited its Draft Rural Land Use Strategy. The Draft Strategy proposed a 20 year strategic framework to guide future land zoning protection and development. The Strategy contained a vision, policy directions and corresponding set… Read more
In early 2016 Ballina Shire Council adopted its Ballina 2035 aspirational blueprint to advance and consolidate Ballina as a major regional centre on the NSW North Coast. In association with the finalisation of the Strategy, Council established an Industry Peer… Read more
The 30 Second Explanation
In 1969 Ian L. McHarg published, Design with Nature. This classic town planning book was essentially a step-by-step graphic overlay style instruction manual about how to access a region (big or small), in physical planning terms,… Read more
Planning Minister Rob Stokes has announced proposed amendments to the NSW planning system to be implemented by the end of 2016. The amendments are intended to create a “simpler, faster and more inclusive assessment process”. Key aspects of the proposed… Read more
Once upon a time buildings, clothes, kettles and the layout of newspapers were things that were ‘designed’. We could even refer to ‘the design professions’ and be very confident everybody understood we were talking about visual disciplines.
Designers used to… Read more
IN THE maze that is Sydney property planning, let’s start with the incontrovertible. There is not enough housing. Demand grows by 25,000 homes a year but only about 18,000 are built. That helps keep housing prices out of the reach… Read more
It’s a start, but all the tough decisions are yet to be made. That’s the industry verdict on the state government’s “once-in-a-generation” overhaul of the state’s moribund Planning Act.
The Planning Minister, Brad Hazzard, yesterday released a wide-ranging issues paper… Read more