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Have your say on new planning legislation

The Government is committed to ensuring a planning system that is straightforward and ensures high-quality decisions and planning outcomes.
In 2016, we commenced extensive consultation with planning stakeholders to devise improvements to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the EP&A Act). As a result of this consultation, a number of amendment proposals have been developed, including:

  • enhancing community participation: establishing a new part of the Act that consolidates community consultation provisions, and requiring decision-makers to give reasons for their decisions
  • completing the strategic planning framework: through local strategic planning statements, up to date Local Environment Plans and more consistent and workable Development Control Plans
  • development pathways: improvements to the various development pathways and preventing the misuse of modifications
  • State significant development: through better environmental impact assessment and more effective conditions of consent
  • clearer building provisions: simplified and consolidated building provisions, allowing conditions on construction certificates and ensuring consistency with development approvals
  • elevating the role of design: through a new design object in the act, and a Design-Led Planning Strategy
  • improving enforcement: with the introduction of enforceable undertakings in compliance actions.

Details of the proposals are available at the ‘Key documents’ tab above.

Your feedback can play a vital role in further developing these updates to the EP&A Act. For information about making a submission, please click ‘How to get involved’ above.

For further information, please call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695 or email

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Page last updated: 04/04/2017