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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
  • 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. Stage 2 of the review is now underway.

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
  • 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The following SEPPs were repealed in Stage 1: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.

 

Details of the specific amendments to the planning instruments include:

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 page, as they are released for exhibition.

 

Details of the specific amendments to the planning instruments include:

New State Environmental Planning Policies

In addition to the SEPP review program, the Department developed new SEPPs which have now been finalised:

 

Current SEPPs

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Cooks Cove SREP amendment

Seeks to amend the Cooks Cove SREP to permit ‘recreation facilities’ with consent, within the southern portion of the precinct.

Cooks Cove SREP amendment
The proposed amendment seeks to amend the Cooks Cove SREP to permit ‘recreation facilities’. Read more about the Cooks Cove SREP amendment
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Amended car parking rates for boarding house developments

Have your say on a proposed amendment to the car parking standards for boarding houses.

Draft amendment to parking provisions for boarding houses
Introduced in 2009, the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009, also known as ARHSEPP, increases the supply of affordable, rental and social housing through a range of housing types. Boarding houses are one important form of housing facilitated by this SEPP.  Have your say on the draft amendment
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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. SEPP is now under consideration.
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).

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The NSW Government is investigating future opportunities for 36 – 50 Cumberland Street, The Rocks (Sirius site).
Have your say on the Sirius Site
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St Marys SREP 30

Have your say on amendments to the State Regional Environmental Plan (SREP).

St Marys SREP 30

You are invited to have your say on amendments to the St Marys SREP 30.

Have your say on St Marys SREP 30
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Sydney Metro Northwest SRD SEPP amendment

Have you say on amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy covering rail stations to be developed as part of Sydney Metro Northwest.

Sydney Metro Northwest SRD SEPP amendment

You’re invited to have you say on a proposed amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011 covering rail stations to be developed as part of Sydney Metro Northwest. Have your say on Sydney Metro Northwest

More information

For more information phone 1300 305 695.