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Most of the information on this website has been released by the Department on its own initiative and not as a result of a request for information or due to policy and legislation. 

In the 2014/15 financial year we released the following information proactively:

Community & stakeholder engagement

  • Media releases issued by the Department and the Minister.
  • Complete responses provided to media enquiries when those responses have not been
  • included or fully included in a media article
  • Emails to stakeholders in respect of circulars/exhibitions/business activities 
  • Community/stakeholder briefings
  • Updates to the web content on its corporate website
  • NSW Planning Facebook page 
  • Plan Sydney Facebook page 
  • NSW Planning Twitter feed
  • NSW LinkedIn page 
  • NSW Planning YouTube channel 

Finance & operation

Internal engagement

  • Corporate Plan 2015-17

Professional Development

People and Business Transformation – Planning Excellence Initiatives 2014-15 FY

  • Planning on a Page – a simple overview of the NSW planning system on the Hub website
  • Plan Shapers – Years 7 and 8 open space competition brochure and FAQs. 
  • PlanEd - Education and Training Course Guide. 
  • Culture Change information page on the Department’s website 

Property Services

  • Brochure - Lands Department
  • Brochure - Sharing Our Early History

Growth, Design & Programs

Metropolitan Sydney

Sydney Metropolitan Strategy A Plan for Growing Sydney

  • Website
  • Sydney Office Market Research Report June 2014 (Colliers International)
  • Forecasting the Distribution of Stand-Alone Office Employment within Sydney to 2035 Report August 2013  (BIS Shrapnel)
  • The Role of State Government in Facilitating Office Development in Sydney & Western Sydney Report August 2014 (BIS Shrapnel)
  • Submissions from members of the community, interest groups, local government  and industry

Regions

Illawarra Regional Growth and Infrastructure Plan (Draft)

  • Interactive website
  • Brochure
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • "Submissions for the Illawarra Discussion Paper Videos"
  • Illawarra Urban Development Program Update Report 2014
  • Review of Illawarra housing market report April 2014 (SGS Economics)
  • Housing submarkets in the Illawarra Final report May 2014 (SGS Economics)
  • Review of Illawarra retail centres Report June 2014 (SGS Economics)
  • Illawarra Regional Transport Plan March 2014
  • Infrastructure for Illawarra economic future  2014 (Infrastructure NSW) 
  • Central Coast Discussion Paper exhibited September to November 2014

North West Priority Land Release Area

Cudgegong Road Station

  • (Area 20 Precinct) Finalisation Report June 2015

Marsden Park North

  • (Area 20 Precinct) Finalisation Report June 2015
  • Changes to the Area 20 Precinct Plan Frequently Asked Questions
  • Precinct Plan September 2014
  • Marsden Park North Landowner Workshop Presentation 11, 13, 16 May 2015
  • Planning for Marsden park North Discussion Paper May 2015
  • Marsden Park North Landowner Information Session Presentation 9, 10 October 2014

Riverstone East

  • Community Update 3 October 2014

Vineyard

  • Community Update 3 October 2014

South West Priority Land Release Area

Leppington

  • Public exhibition documents from 10 November to 19 December 2014
  • Draft SEPP Maps, planning reports and technical studies  (Exhibition February 2015)
  • Leppington Precinct Plan Survey
  • Exhibition of draft Leppington Precinct Plan Frequently Asked Questions November 2014
  • Submissions from members of the public, government, agencies and organisations.

East Leppington

  • East Leppington Liverpool (Part) Precinct Frequently Asked Questions August 2014

Western Sydney Employment Lands

Western Sydney Employment Area

  • Western Sydney Employment Area Frequently Asked Questions August 2014 and 
  • December 2014
  • WSEA Post Exhibition Planning Report December 2014
  • WSEA Submissions Summary December 2014
  • Creating New Jobs in Western Sydney brochure August 2014

Glenfield to Macarthur Urban Renewal Corridor

Glenfield to Macarthur

  • Web page
  • Map
  • Glenfield to Macarthur Urban Renewal Corridor brochure August 2014

Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation

  • Web page and map

Sydney Metro Northwest Priority Urban Renewal Corridor

Bella Vista Station Precinct

  • Bella Vista Structure Plan September 2013
  • Bella Vista Structure Plan Map 
  • Showground Station Precinct Newsletter October 2014
  • North West Rail Link Station Precincts - Kellyville, Bella Vista and Showground On-line 
  • Survey Report October 2014
  • North West Rail Link Station Precincts Community Consultation Report December 2014
  • Bella Vista Station Frequently Asked Questions August 2014
  • Planning for Sydney's North-West brochure August 2014
  • Video More homes and jobs July 2014

Kellyville Precinct

  • Kellyville Station Frequently Asked Questions August 2014
  • Kellyville Station Structure Plan September 2013
  • Kellyville Structure Plan Map

Showground Station Precinct

  • Showground Station Frequently Asked Questions August 2014
  • Showground Station Structure Plan September 2013
  • Showground Station Structure Plan Map

Bankstown to Sydenham Priority Urban Renewal Corridor

Bankstown to Sydenham

  • Website and map

Greater Parramatta to Olympic Peninsula

  • Website and map

Camellia

  • Website

Parramatta North

  • Public exhibition 19 November - 19 December 2014
  • Parramatta North Urban Renewal Newsletter
  • Maps, technical studies and planning reports
  • Website submissions from community members, government, agencies and organisations
  • Parramatta North Urban Transformation Response to Submissions Report 9 June 2015

Priority precincts

Herring Road

  • Public exhibition documents 26 June - 10 August 2014
  • Herring Road Proposal June 2014
  • Herring Road brochure June 2014
  • Herring Road frequently Asked Questions June 2014
  • Herring Road Planning Report Vol 1 and 2 June 2014

Banksia

  • Website 
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Arncliffe

  • Website 
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Priority Land Release Areas

Ingleside Land release area

  • Discussion Paper and preliminary Structure Plan (November 2014)
  • Consultant report executive summaries (November 2014)
  • Workshop outcomes report
  • Presentations to community reference group meetings November 2014, March and June 2015
  • Project Control Group Meeting Minutes
  • E-Newsletters (May and June 2015)

Demography & economics

Monthly Housing Monitors

Quarterly Housing Monitors 

Annual employment lands audit

  • 2014 Employment Lands Development Program Update Report
  • 2014 Employment Lands Development Program Report - Key facts sheet

NSW population bulletins

  • Issue 1-4 June 2014 to April 2015

Demographic trends in NSW

  • Population Change NSW video July 2014
  • Fertility Levels and Intentions in NSW report June 2014

20 Years of Internal Migration in NSW

Sub-regional (districts)

Planning services

Compliance

  • Monthly Compliance Report
  • Summary report for a wind farm audit for Cullerin Range, Capital, Woodlawn & Taralga

Industry assessments

Elf Mushroom Farm 

  • Elf Mushroom and Substrate Plant Project 08_0255. 
  • Environmental Impact Statement, the odour management plan, Operational Noise Management 
  • Plan, Environmental Management Strategy, Water Management Plan.

Splendour in the Grass

Peppers Tourist Resort

Erskine Park landfill

  • Weblinks to current development applications

Key site assessments

  • State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (Barangaroo) 2015 – exhibition from 18 March to 1 May 2015.
  • Barangaroo Design Advisory Panel’s Preliminary Review Report on MOD 8 to the Barangaroo Concept Plan 

Metropolitan

  • Bronte RSL planning proposal

Southern region

  • Departmental assessment  of  the Yass Towns & Villages Strategy 
  • lllawarra UDP update 2013
  • Draft lllawarra Regional Growth & Infrastructure Plan October 2014

Policy & strategy

Building systems

  • A guide to the fire safety report requirements (February 2015)
  • Advisory Note – Information for councils, certifiers and industry on amendments to the Fire Sprinkler Standard (July 2014)
  • Advisory Note - Information for councils, certifiers and industry about approval information, documentation and inspection of sprinkler systems  (July 2014)
  • Information on applications for postponement of required completion date for the firesprinkler system installation in aged care facilities (August 2014)
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems Progress Reports – September 2014
  • Interactive map – NSW Fire sprinkler installation status – as at September 2014
  • E bulletins for aged care providers, councils, certifiers and industry – (August and September 2014)
  • Independent Review of the Building Professionals Act 2005 – Discussion Paper May 2015

Resources and Industry Policy

Resources Policy and Integrated Mining Policy

Stage 1 of the Integrated Mining Policy – exhibition period 28/05/2015 - 13/07/2015

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Integrated Mining Policy Overview
  • Mine Application Guideline
  • Standard SEARs for Coal Mining Projects (underground open cut)
  • Swamp Offset Policy

State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (Gas Exploration and Mining) 2014 

exhibition period 18/11/2014 - 02/12/2014

  • Explanation of the intended  effect
  • Frequently Asked Questions  - Land Acquisition and Mitigation Policy
  • Frequently Asked Questions  -Gas Exploration Assessment.pdf
  • State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (Gas Exploration and Mining) 2014
  • Voluntary Land Acquisition and Mitigation
  • Submissions made public  - 11/12 December 2014

State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and 

Extractive Industries) Amendment 2014 - exhibition period 02/07/2014 - 16/07/2014

  • Draft Regulation
  • Draft State Environmental Planning Policy
  • Explanation of the intended effect
  • Map Cover Sheet
  • Mining SEPP Amendments FAQ
  • Strategic Agricultural Land Map Upper Hunter- STA_002
  • Strategic Agricultural Land Map Upper Hunter -STA _003
  • Strategic Agricultural Land Map Upper Hunter- STA _004
  • Strategic Agricultural Land Map Upper Hunter -STA _007
  • Submissions made public  - 25/26 July 2014

Assessment policy

  • Three Ports Circular
  • Planning Circular on Coastal Hazard Notations in Section 149 Planning Certificates

Planning policy

Planning frameworks

SEPP 65

  • Release of exhibition draft State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (Amendment No. 3) 
  • Release of a draft Apartment Design Guide associated with the release of exhibition draft State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (Amendment No. 3).
  • Overview document of proposed amendments to State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development and the Residential Flat Design Code – incorporating an Explanation of Intended Effects.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on amendments proposed through exhibition draft State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development (Amendment No. 3) and the draft Apartment Design Guide.
  • ‘Have your say’ community brochure explaining apartment design policy in NSW and inviting feedback on amendments proposed through exhibition draft State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development (Amendment No. 3) and the draft Apartment Design Guide.
  • Release of submissions received during the exhibition of State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (Amendment No. 3) and the draft Apartment Design Guide.
  • Publishing of State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development (Amendment No. 3).
  • Publishing of Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Residential Apartment Development) Regulation 2015.
  • Instrument of Delegation delegating the Minister’s functions under State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development relating to design review panels.
  • Planning Circular on State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development (Amendment No. 3) and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Residential Apartment Development) Regulation 2015.
  • Release of the Apartment Design Guide.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on amendments made to State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development.
  • Update website layout and content to reflect policy changes. 

SEPP Review

Explanation of Intended Effects outlining a proposal to review, rationalise and

streamline the following State Environmental Planning Policies and Regional 

Environmental Plans (deemed State Environmental Planning Policies):

  • Illawarra Regional Environmental Plan No 2 (Jamberoo Valley)
  • Lower South Coast Regional Environmental Plan (No 2)
  • Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No 18 (Public Transport Corridor)
  • Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No 19 (Rouse Hill Development Area (1989)
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 59 (Central Western Sydney Regional Open Space and Residential)
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 29 (Western Sydney Recreation Area)
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No (SEPP 53 Transitional Provisions) 2011
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 39 (Spit Island Bird Habitat)
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 32 (Urban Consolidation (Redevelopment of Urban Land)
  • Hunter Regional Environmental Plan 1989 (Heritage)
  • North Coast Regional Environmental Plan
  • Illawarra Regional Environmental Plan No 1 (Jervis Bay Regional Environmental Plan 1996)
  • Orana Regional Environmental Plan No 1 (Siding Spring)
  • Riverina Regional Environmental Plan No 1
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 15 (Rural Landsharing Communities)
  • Frequently asked questions on the State Environmental Planning Policy review.
  • Notification to Councils and key stakeholders of the State Environmental Planning Policy review and accompanying Explanation of Intended Effects.

Update website layout and content to reflect policy changes.

  • Exempt and Complying Codes and Development guides 

Updated information sheets on exempt development covering the following development types: 

  • Understanding exempt development;
  • Land based exclusions;
  • Aerials, antennae and communications dishes;
  • Balconies, decks, patios, pergolas, terraces and verandas;
  • Carports and garages;
  • Driveways, hardstands, pathways and paving;
  • Earthworks and retaining works;
  • Fences;
  • Footpath dining and mobile food vending;
  • Home based enterprises;
  • Hot water systems and rain water tanks;
  • Waterway structures;
  • How to change the use of a building; and 
  • Advertising and Signage.

Updated information sheets  on complying development covering the following development types:

  • Overview of complying development;
  • Land-based exclusions;
  • Advice and notification of complying development;
  • Building height, storeys, and basements;
  • Floor area, site coverage, landscape area and private open space;
  • Setbacks from roads and articulation zones;
  • Side and rear setbacks and building to side boundaries;
  • Internal and external housing alterations;
  • Carports and garages;
  • Privacy requirements for residential complying development;
  • Tree protection and removal requirements;
  • Work that can be undertaken as complying development for fire safety;
  • Hot water systems and rain water tanks;
  • Commercial and Industrial Alterations;
  • Commercial and Industrial (New Buildings and Additions);
  • Interior alterations to pubs, clubs and small bars;
  • Details about strata subdivision as complying development; and 
  • How to demolish buildings and structures as complying development.
  • Revised neighbour notification guideline and template letter for certifiers to notify an application for complying development. 
  • A technical guideline to explain the operation of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 in relation to fire safety requirements for existing commercial and industrial buildings. 
  • Updating the exempt and complying development website layout and content for ease of access.

e-Business

  • ePlanning posters – general information an ePlanning benefits;  ePlanning roadmap display showing the history of ePlanning
  • ePlanning stakeholder videos – Dr Tim Williams, Chris Johnson, Peter Phibbs
  • ePlanning postcard – promoting new online tools  
  • NSW PlanningHub
  • Local Development Performance Monitor (LDPM) - new online reporting tool includes data for2013-14 and previous years. Highlights for 2013-14 summary
  • BASIX – Newsletters – August 2014 (2 newsletters) September 2014, November 2014, April 2015 and June 2015
  • Planning Viewer - online tool that displays the planning rules for NSW properties Planning Viewer – Information Sheet
  • Interactive Buildings – online tool that provides easy-to-read planning requirements for minor building work
  • interactivebuildings.planning.nsw.gov.au
  • Interactive Buildings - Information Sheet 
  • Interactive Buildings - Frequently Asked Questions
  • Local Insights – Application for mobile devices providing information about local government areas
  • localinsights.planning.nsw.gov.au
  • Local Insights – Information Sheet 
  • Local Insights – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Local Insights – “How to” video
  • Application Tracking – Information Sheet
  • Electronic Housing Code
  • EHC User Guide 
  • EHC DL Flyers – attic conversion, in-ground pool, lodging development applications, deck,garage, fence, driveway, shed
  • EHC DL Flyers – general information plus magnet 
  • EHC ‘How to’ videos – investigate your options, prepare your application, assess an application 
  • EHC mouse pad – includes website address 
  • Councils involved in the EHC project – updated map 
  • EHC Call for Certifiers

Overseas travel information

Page last updated: 04/04/2017