A review program for State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) to deliver a modern planning system is underway. The review is underpinned by the Government’s commitment to simplify the NSW planning system and reduce complexity without reducing the rigour necessary in considering matters of State and regional significance.
This review process will modernise, simplify and improve the effectiveness and usability of policies.
The SEPP review program is examining the existing policies to consider:
The review intends to remove policy and controls that are duplicated in strategies, regional plans and local environmental plans.
Delivery of policies through the Standard Instrument local environmental plans is a priority, where possible and appropriate. The role and importance of SEPPs to deal with matters of State or regional environmental planning significance will not be diminished.
The review will be rolled out in several phases. Stage 1 is now complete with amendments commencing on 5 August 2016.
Details of the specific amendments to the planning instruments include:
The NSW Government has finalised the review of 16 State Environmental Planning Policies.
The review identified provisions that are:
Circular PS 16-002 advises councils and practitioners of changes introduced by Stage 1 of the SEPP review.
The following SEPPs were repealed in Stage 1:
Stage 2 of the review is now underway. A range of SEPPs will progressively be reviewed as part of Stage 2 of the SEPP Review Program. The Department will be seeking public comments on a number of proposed amendments coming from the stage 2 review, to be made available for public consultation. Details of these proposals will be added to this webpage as they are released for exhibition.