Planning Reforms

A New Planning System for NSW

On 22 October 2013 the NSW Government introduced the Planning Bill 2013 and Planning Administration Bill 2013 into Parliament. These Bills propose a new planning system for NSW, and will replace the current Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. This follows the Government's Green Paper and White Paper on a New Planning System for NSW, which were open for public comment in 2012 and 2013.

What will these changes mean for your community? 

These reforms are the biggest overhaul of environmental planning in NSW since 1979. Planning laws are important in determining:

• what development can happen in an area (from houses to mines) and who gets a say 
• how suburbs, towns and cities are planned (transport, shops, offices, parks, schools) 
• how our communities manage growth and change, and balance needs and interests 
• how developers and governments have to consider and protect the environment.

What happens next?

While the Bills have been introduced into NSW Parliament, they will still need to be debated and passed by both Houses, so they may be amended further in that process. T he new system will only take effect once Parliament has passed the legislation and a start date is proclaimed. The Government has flagged that it hopes that new system will begin early in 2014, but according to the Planning Minister's second reading speech, some parts , such as protections in existing State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs), as well as current Local Environment Plans (LEPs) and Development Control Plans (DCPs), will likely carry over from the current system until new plans and policies are made.

For further information visit the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure website.

 

EDO NSW Resources

EDO NSW White Paper Submission – FINAL
June 2013
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EDO NSW White Paper Submission – Executive Summary 
June 2013 
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EDO NSW White Paper Submission – Summary of Recommendations
June 2013 
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EDO NSW has prepared a briefing note and series of videos with initial analysis of the White Paper:

NSW Government Planning Review - White Paper - EDO NSW Preliminary Briefing Note and Key Issues Summary 
May 2013 
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An Introduction to A New Planning System for NSW White Paper - Videos
May 2013

 

Sydney Seminar - A New Planning System for NSW - White Paper
14 May 2013 
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Wolllongong Workshop - A New Planning System for NSW - White Paper 
28 May 2013 
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Newcastle Workshop - A New Planning System for NSW - White Paper 
21 May 2013 
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Campbelltown Workshop - A New Planning System for NSW - White Paper
16 May 2013 
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Five big challenges for the Planning White Paper - Blog 
20 May 2013 
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EDO NSW Workshops and Seminars

EDO NSW held a number of workshops and seminars on the White Paper in several locations around NSW. Watch the video of the Sydney seminar above.

Sydney - 14 May 2013
Campbelltown - 16 May 2013
Newcastle - 21 May 2013
Wollongong - 28 May 2013
Lismore - 30 May 2013
Blue Mountains - 30 May 2013
Bellingen - 4 June 2013
Yamba - 20 June 2013

 

Previous EDO NSW submissions on the Planning Review

Submission on the Green Paper 
September 2012 
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Key Issues Summary on the Green Paper 
July 2012 
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Submission to NSW Planning Review Issues Paper (joint with NCC and TEC) 
March 2012 
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Initial submission to the Review of the NSW Planning System
4 November 2011 
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Previous EDO NSW submissions on regional strategy documents

Submission on Sydney Metropolitan Strategy discussion paper 
29 June 2012 
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Key Issues Summary on Sydney Metropolitan Strategy discussion paper 
May 2012 
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