BAM! Implications of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 on the assessment of development applications

The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (NSW) (BCA) commenced on 25 August 2017 and with it commenced a restructure to the assessment of biodiversity impacts under New South Wales planning law. Among the raft of changes is the introduction of biodiversity development assessment reports (BDARs) which replace species impact statements under the now repealed Threatened Species…

The Greater Sydney Region Plan – A Metropolis of Three Cities

The Greater Sydney Commission has released the new Greater Sydney Region Plan, titled A Metropolis of Three Cities. This plan is the first regional plan developed by the Greater Sydney Commission and sets out a 40-year vision (to 2056) and establishes a 20-year plan to manage growth and change for Greater Sydney. Three connected cities…

Corrupt public officers on ICAC’s radar – a cautionary tale for local councils

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has announced it will be holding a public inquiry on Monday 16 April 2018 into the conduct of a number of former Canterbury City Council public officials. ICAC’s investigation – named ‘Operation Dasha’ – is examining whether, between 2013 and 2016, public officers including former Canterbury City councillors,…

It’s time for a new remediation framework

In 1998 the Good Friday Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland, India and Pakistan tested nuclear devices, Google was founded, Viagra came onto the market, Titanic became the first film to make $1 billion, and a new planning framework for managing contaminated land was implemented in New South Wales. Twenty years later and the contaminated…