Planning and Environment (157)

State wide changes to the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) mapping and the State Planning Policy Framework - Bushfire are proposed to be introduced via a Ministerial amendment.

When land is reserved for a public purpose due to the making or an amendment of a planning scheme, the owner of the land is entitled to seek compensation for injurious affection. This is because the value of the land reserved under a planning scheme may be affected by the existence of the reservation.  In a decision handed down on 8 February 2017, the High Court concluded that compensation is only available to the owner at the time of the reservation, setting aside the WA Court of Appeal decision in Southregal Pty Ltd v Western Australian Planning Commission.

The Victorian Government recently introduced the Climate Change Bill 2016 (Bill) into Parliament following an independent review of the current Climate Change Act 2010 (Act).

With licensees in Queensland reportedly feeling the financial effect of the Queensland Government's enhanced "lockout laws", it is timely to remind those with a financial interest in a licensed venue of their rights in the event that the licensee experiences financial difficulties or declares bankruptcy.

On 20 October 2016 we advised that the Victorian Government had introduced amendments to the Victorian Parliament that would fundamentally alter the operation of the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) regime. (Click here to read article)

Revised planning and subdivision fees took effect on 13 October 2016.

On 20 October 2016 the Queensland Government released the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan entitled 'ShapingSEQ'. Click here to view the draft plan.

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