Six big changes to the Planning Act in 2017 (and three missed opportunities)

Six big changes to the Planning Act in 2017 (and three missed opportunities)

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The NSW Government is proposing to amend our State planning laws – updating the Act’s objects and structure, clearer public participation requirements and timeframes, reforms to state and local decision-making panels, speeding up decisions on large and small development, and putting another nail in the coffin of the former ‘Part 3A’ major projects pathway.

The community has until Friday 31 March 2017 to comment. The Government will then introduce a revised Bill to Parliament.

This briefing note from EDO NSW explains some of the major changes and how the Bill relates to other reforms. It also identifies some missed opportunities – or ways to do better – that should be addressed before the Bill hits Parliament. This overview should give you a head start if you plan to comment. Our detailed submission to Government will be on the EDO NSW website ahead of the due date.

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Please join us at a free seminar in Sydney on 2 March 2017 at which EDO NSW lawyers will explore the NSW Government’s proposed changes to planning laws. Read more »

For information on making a submission, visit the Department of Planning and Environment's consultation page.