Changes to the Planning Act

On 6 May 2016, Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced that the NSW Government was revisiting its ‘revolutionary’ but unsuccessful bid in 2013 to amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. After months of consultation and amid community opposition, changes were blocked by Labor in the upper house. Since then, significant changes have been made to…

Zoning in on Planning and Competition: The Harper Report

What do planning and zoning have to do with the Harper Review into competition policy? Quite a bit. Although the media and the legal community have largely focused on other issues arising from the federal government’s Competition Policy Review Final Report (Harper Report), released on 31 March 2015, the word ‘planning’ occurs 159 times throughout…