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What is it about?

Every Council in NSW will be required to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement which sets out the 20-year vision for land use in the local area, the special character and values that are to be preserved and how change will be managed into the future. This webinar will look at the rationale, purpose and practical use of LSPS.


By the end of this session you will:


  1. Understand what a LSPS is.
  2. Explore where the LSPS sits in the planning system.
  3. Discuss how the LSPS can be used to optimise planning and assessment outcomes.


More information


When is it on?

The latest webinar was on Wednesday 10 October 2018 from 12pm – 1pm.


Recording and presentation on Local Strategic Planning Statements

Download the presentation on Local Strategic Planning Statements (PDF 3MB)

View the recording on The Department's Training and Education channel (60 min)


Who are the speakers?

Gary White (Chief Planner)

As Chief Planner for the Department, Gary White is responsible for overseeing projects that will deliver an easier and more strategic focussed planning system. Gary’s expert advice on projects help our communities in the long term.


With 40 years planning experience in both the private sector and Government, Gary has held some of the most senior planning positions in NSW and Queensland.


Gary is recognised nationally for his contribution to planning and recently the Planning Institute of Australia awarded Gary with the ‘NSW Planner of the Year 2017’ and the ‘National Planner of the Year 2018’. Both awards acknowledge his outstanding achievements in the planning profession.


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Nathan Laird (Director Planning Reform Policy)

Nathan is leading the policy team that is responsible for the significant updates to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) that came into force on 1 March 2018. He continues to work extensively with government and non-government stakeholders to operationalise the major new elements of these changes whose implementation has been staged, including local strategic planning statements and community participation plans. Nathan also helped to recently deliver and operationalise the legislation that made independent hearing and assessment panels mandatory for Greater Sydney Region and Wollongong.


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