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Proposed amendments to 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.

Public consultation for the proposed amendments to the EP&A Act is now closed.  
We have received some 470 submissions from a wide range of stakeholder groups and interested individuals. The issues addressed and the clarity of the points made will greatly assist the policy analysis the project team is now undertaking. Thank you for your contributions. 

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


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Page last updated: 31/07/2017