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Simplifying and improving the Planning Policy Framework

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:

  • whether they are still relevant; and
  • the need to update and integrate into a new SEPP or elsewhere in the planning framework.

 

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 commenced 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:

  • no longer needed;
  • already delivered by other planning instruments or parts of the planning system; or
  • more effectively delivered in other parts of the planning system to ensure the protections these policies provide are maintained.

 

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The following SEPPs were repealed in Stage 1:

  • Hunter Regional Environmental Plan 1989 (Heritage)
  • Illawarra Regional Environmental Plan No 1
  • Illawarra Regional Environmental Plan No 2 – Jamberoo Valley
  • Jervis Bay Regional Environmental Plan 1996
  • Lower South Coast Regional Environmental Plan (No 2)
  • North Coast Regional Environmental Plan
  • Orana Regional Environmental Plan No 1 – Siding Spring
  • Riverina Regional Environmental Plan No 1
  • State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP 53 Transitional Provisions) 2011
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 15 – Rural Landsharing Communities
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 29 – Western Sydney Recreation Area
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 32 – Urban Consolidation (Redevelopment of Urban Land)
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 39 – Spit Island Bird Habitat
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 59 – Central Western Sydney Regional Open Space and Residential
  • Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No 18 – Public Transport Corridors
  • Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No 19 – Rouse Hill Development Area

Stage 2 of the review of State Environmental Planning Policies

Stage 2 of the review is now underway. A range of SEPPs are progressively being reviewed in Stage 2 of the SEPP Review Program. So far the Department has sought public comment on proposed amendments comprising:

 

The Department is still considering feedback on some of these proposals, and is continuing to progress its review of other SEPPs. The Department will continue to seek public comments on further proposed amendments to other SEPPs coming from the review, to be made available for public consultation. Details of these proposals will be added to this webpage as they are released for exhibition.

 

New State Environmental Planning Policies

In addition to the SEPP Review Program, the Department has developed the following new SEPPs which have now been finalised:

 

 

 

 

For further information please phone 1300 305 695.

 

Current SEPPs on exhibition

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Draft Affordable Housing SEPP 70 review

SEPP 70 is a mechanism that allows specified councils to prepare an affordable housing contribution scheme.

Draft Affordable Housing SEPP 70 review
State Environmental Planning Policy No. 70 Affordable Housing (Revised Schemes) encourages the development of new affordable housing.
Read about the review
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Draft Environment SEPP

The NSW government has been working towards developing a new State Environmental Planning Policy for the protection of our natural environment.

Draft Environment SEPP
The NSW government has been working towards developing a new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for the protection and management of our natural environment. These areas are important to communities in delivering opportunities for physical health, economic security and cultural identity.
Read about the draft Environment SEPP
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Draft amendment to the koala habitat protection SEPP

The Explanation of Intended Effect outlines the intent of the proposed amendment of the Koala Habitat Protection SEPP.

Draft koala habitat protection SEPP
The Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) outlines the intent of the proposed amendment of State Environmental Planning Policy 44 – Koala Habitat Protection (SEPP 44).
Review the Koala Habitat Protection SEPP
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Primary Production and Rural Development

We are seeking your feedback on the Explanation of Intended Effect for the proposed Primary Production and Rural Development SEPP.

Primary Production and Rural Development
We are seeking your feedback on the Explanation of Intended Effect for the proposed Primary Production and Rural Development SEPP.
See the draft Primary Production and Rural Development SEPP and planning reforms
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Mining SEPP amendment

The Mining SEPP aims to manage and sustainably develop these resources for the social and economic benefit of the community.

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Repeal of Operational SEPPs

The Department is reviewing State Environmental Planning Policies to simplify and modernise the planning system.

Repeal of Operational SEPPs
The Department of Planning and Environment is reviewing State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) to simplify and modernise the planning system by removing duplicated, redundant and outdated planning controls.
View the relevant Repeal of Operational SEPPs documents
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Draft Sirius site SSP SEPP

The NSW Government is investigating future opportunities for 36 – 50 Cumberland Street, The Rocks (Sirius site).

36 – 50 Cumberland Street (Sirius site)
The NSW Government is investigating future opportunities for 36 – 50 Cumberland Street, The Rocks (Sirius site).
Have your say on the Sirius Site