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Owner Builder Permits

Posted by Pete on 29 January 2018
Filed under: Regulations

I had occasion recently to apply for an Owner-Builder Permit. I’ve done building work myself before, but hadn’t previous required a Permit. This was due in part to the work being undertaken, but also recent (2015) changes in home building laws. (more…)

Regional Strategic Planning

Posted by Pete on 27 November 2017
Filed under: General

While State and Local Government strategic planning can be a bit of dry subject at times, the recent release of the NSW South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036 seemed like an opportune time to take a brief look at the way that State-level strategic planning filters down into the local government arena. (more…)

Bush Fire Prone Land

Posted by Pete on 30 October 2017
Filed under: General,Regulations

As we head into the summer months, I thought it might be worth looking at some of the specific conditions associated with development in areas prone to bush fire. (more…)

Land Title Covenants

Posted by Pete on 26 September 2017
Filed under: Regulations

In an earlier post I touched on the subject of covenants when discussing Rights of Carriageway. I thought it might be worthwhile digging a little further into this aspect of land titles. (more…)

Legal & Practical Access

Posted by Pete on 25 August 2017
Filed under: Roads

With recent changes to the legislation governing the management of Crown lands, I thought it would be worth revisiting the subject of one of my first pieces on Road Reserves. (more…)

NSW Planning Portal

Posted by Pete on 23 July 2017
Filed under: Regulations

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the Electronic Housing Code (EHC) and the role it played in enabling users to determine whether they needed planning permission to build or renovate, and also, when appropriate, to prepare, submit and lodge a complying development application. This system was superseded a few ago by the new NSW Department of Planning & Environment Planning Portal. (more…)

The Only Constant is Change…

Posted by Pete on 12 May 2016
Filed under: General

I guess it can’t be said to have come as a great surprise, but as I have said elsewhere, it was certainly a disappointing outcome, to say the least. With independent financial advice provided to both Councils indicating that a merger would be ill-advised, and in the face of the recommendation from the Independent Local Government Review Panel that mergers should proceed only where they can be shown to make, amongst other things, a “substantial contribution to addressing financial problems” the NSW Government went its own way. (more…)

Property Valuations

Posted by Pete on 29 March 2016
Filed under: Rates,Regulations

In the last couple of months, all Palerang residents should have received a Notice of Valuation from the NSW Valuer General, so I thought it might be worthwhile going over how these valuations are derived and how they are used by Council in determining council rates. (more…)

Community Committees

Posted by Pete on 28 February 2016
Filed under: Community

It’s been a pretty torrid month, dealing with all the issues arising from merger proposals and their associated inquiries and submissions. In the process, however, I had occasion to reflect on the ways in which a Council interacts with its community. Of course, this happens in various ways, some perhaps more welcome than others. (more…)

Local Government Reform (Update 01/16)

Posted by Pete on 28 January 2016
Filed under: General

They say a week’s a long time in politics, and local government in NSW is no exception at the moment. The local government reform process has moved rather quickly since IPART released its assessment of NSW Councils back in November. (more…)

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