Journal - Smith & Tzannes
Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

Faster approvals for mid-rise apartments

With the high demand for mid-rise apartments to house Sydney's growing population, Peter Smith has been working with the Urban Taskforce to develop a Mid-Rise Apartment Complying Code. 

The proposed planning reforms that the NSW Government championed had a strong focus on complying development. The proposal was that communities should be mainly involved in the early strategic planning stage that set overall character. An area could be zoned for 6 or 8 storeys residential buildings at the strategic planning stage but then individual development applications that comply with an apartment code would get quick approvals within 30 days.

For more information visit www.urbantaskforce.com.au.

 

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On February 22nd, 2014 amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Codes) 2008, also known as the Codes SEPP, have provided additional commercial and industrial development that can be carried out under the codes. The development must comply with the standards listed in the Code.

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On February 22nd, 2014 amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Codes) 2008, also known as the Codes SEPP, have changed the development standards for residential dwellings. The development must comply with the standards listed in the Code.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:57

Exempt Development - 2014 Changes

On February 22nd, 2014 amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Codes) 2008, also known as the Codes SEPP, have expanded the type of development that is considered exempt from any planning approvals. The development must comply with the standards listed in the Code.

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 22:13

New swimming pool register

The Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012 (Amendment Act) commenced on Monday 29 October 2012.

The legislation amends the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (NSW) (Act) by including new obligations aimed at increasing the safety of very young children around backyard swimming pools and reducing associated drowning and near-drowning incidents.

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in very young children who lack the cognitive and water skills to deal with the danger.

With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is a vital issue that affects the whole community.

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Thursday, 09 February 2012 21:58

Rural Housing Code User Guide Released

Smith & Tzannes were engaged by the Department of Planning to assist in the publication of the Rural Housing Code User guide. Mel and Peter worked with the Codes team in the Department and our fantastic editor - Janet Neustein from Editorial Resources.

Get your copy of the Rural Housing Code User Guide here.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 13:40

Electronic housing Code launched


EHC_formlogoOn the 28th October 2011, the NSW Government launched the Electronic Housing Code. This portal provides a web-based facility to assist with the creation of complying development applications under the NSW Housing Code.

Visit the EHC site.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 19:04

Peter Smith speaks at 2011 EPLA Conference

On October 14, Peter Smith spoke at the NSW Environmental Planning and Law 2011 Conference as part of a panel of distinguished speakers discussing the interaction between Heritage and Exempt and Complying Development. Peter discussed the role of planning reform, and the need for better upfront strategic planning to provide more certainty in the community in relation to heritage conservation areas. 

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Saturday, 18 June 2011 10:00

Changes to BASIX from July 1


The NSW Government has made changes to BASIX that take effect on July 1. The changes will assist the NSW Government to maintain and improve the administration of the BASIX online tool. Since 2004, BASIX has helped 120,000 households save up to $600 a year on energy and water bills by making homes more sustainable.

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A significant number of residential, commercial, retail and coastal projects have been removed from the Part 3A assessment system and handed back to local councils for assessment under transitional arrangements announced by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard today.

The transitional arrangements will be given effect via an amendment to the Major Development State Environmental Planning Policy, to be published today, and represent an important step in the process of repealing Part 3A in its entirety.

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