Reconnecting the Community with the Planning System - Report

Reconnecting the Community with the Planning System - Report

The aim of this report is to provide the Department of Planning (DoP) with an informed assessment of how people view the current planning system and recommend ways that the DoP can reconnect the community with the planning system. The Total Environment Centre (TEC), funded by the DoP, engaged the NSW Environmental Defender's Office (EDO) to assist in the workshop and report writing components of the project.

The main conclusion of this project is that the community generally feels disconnected with the planning process, deeply cynical about whether it is worthwhile to engage, and extremely frustrated about the current system. During the process of conducting workshops in key parts of the state and seeking feedback on the planning system, community members gave a few specific examples of good consultation processes, many examples of inadequate processes where they felt excluded, and made suggestions for reform.

2010 - Download PDF