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Three Hall & Wilcox Partners named finalists for Partner of the Year Award

Hall & Wilcox is pleased to have three partners named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly 2018 Partner of the Year award.

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Planning new experiences? What you need to know

How public attractions are used is changing.  There is a growing recognition of the increasing demand for a broader night time culture and entertainment offering, which in turn is leading to cities starting to re-evaluate their night time economies.  Sleepovers already allow guests to experience a night at the museum or the zoo and the success of such events is leading to a demand for better quality accommodation.  Some zoos are seeking to capitalise on this demand by offering permanent accommodation that allows guests to stay overnight in an immersive conservation experience.

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Changing it up in Planning

There have been numerous changes in the Planning and Environment space in the early half of the 2014 financial year. The changes are widespread, incorporating changes to the key piece of legislation establishing the framework for planning in the State, changes to strategic policy regarding the future development of Melbourne in the lead up to 2050, residential zone reform changes and numerous new cases providing guidance on the interpretation of planning laws, not to mention a range of infrastructure projects such as East West Link. It is certainly not quiet times in planning, with a lot going on at the moment! More…

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More flexibility on development, but not as much as originally proposed

New laws that require councils and planning panels to take a more flexible approach to development control plans have passed through the NSW parliament.  However, the proposals have been amended.  Some of the key reforms that we previously praised have been dropped.

The bill

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2012 passed through both houses of Parliament on Thursday last week (15 November 2012).   More…

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New review rights when councils block spot rezonings

From 2 November 2012, developers and landowners will be able to formally apply for a review when a local council blocks a spot rezoning.

The new regime is based on proposals that were released in draft form in April this year and could amount to a significant change in the way the NSW planning system works. More…

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New planning laws in NSW to facilitate property development

In what can only be described as both a stunning and welcome move to spark up the property, development and construction industries in NSW, the state government has introduced legislation into parliament which expressly seeks to ‘remove impediments to the supply of housing’ and to ‘facilitate permissible development’.

In particular, it seeks to reduce the role of development control plans (DCPs) in the development assessment process, by mandating that they be ‘given less weight and significance’ than local environmental plans (LEPs) and be ‘applied flexibly’ so as not to prevent good development from proceeding. More…

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