How to get to first base – lessons in telco planning

There are around 12 million users of smartphones in Australia according to the Australia Communications and Media Authority. To support this usage, infrastructure such as telecommunications base stations are required in our regional, rural and city centres. The installation and location of this infrastructure needs to be balanced against community impacts such as visual amenity, and…

Exploring the value of open space

Last week, we mentioned that in late December 2014, there were two Court of Appeal decisions handed down on the same day regarding acquisitions of open space land at Tempe.  This week, we consider the other judgment delivered: Sydney Water Corporation v Marrickville Council [2014] NSWCA 438. The case is important because it impacts the…

Land and Environment Court Reporter

Boarding houses, school numbers, mixed use high density developments and procedural fairness in the context of plan making. These issues are common areas of urban controversy. The Land and Environment Court Reporter, which we prepare on behalf of LGNSW, covers four recent Land and Environment Court cases on all of these issues. Check it out –…