We’re working closely with local, state and federal government agencies, businesses and the community to modernise the planning system and help NSW recover from COVID-19.
Between 1 January and 30 June 2020, the NSW planning system has helped create 67,489 jobs, build 18,671 new homes and brought $24.97 billion in economic value to the State.
The first three tranches of our Planning System Acceleration Program saw 67 major project assessments finalised, created opportunities for almost 40,000 jobs, $17.7 billion in economic benefit, more than 18,000 new homes and more than 4 million square metres of open space, parks and land for environmental conservation.
Here’s a timeline of our major planning achievements and announcements in 2020:
|12 August 2020||Approval for development of the State’s first hydrogen gas facility at Horsley Park.|
|05 August 2020||A $250 million funding boost for councils to deliver new and improved public spaces for their local communities announced.
|30 July 2020||Release of a new 20-year vision for Pyrmont. Community invited to provide feedback until 13 September 2020.
|29 July 2020||Announcement of a new land tax discount for build-to-rent housing projects until 2040 and a Housing Diversity SEPP.
|18 July 2020||Thirteen projects announced as the fourth tranche of projects to undergo a fast-tracked assessment process. All to be determined by 14 August 2020.
|17 July 2020||A new 50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney’s Open Space and Parklands launched with a discussion paper open for public comment until 11 September.
|15 July 2020||Planning System Reform Action Plan announced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) event.
|3 July 2020||Planning panel changes gazetted to commence 1 August 2020.
|3 July 2020||Changes to State and local infrastructure contributions policy announced to allow developers to pay all contributions prior to an occupation certificate being issued.
|1 July 2020|
|25 June 2020
||The draft Greener Places Design Guide placed on public exhibition until 7 August 2020.|
|23 June 2020||The Accelerated Infrastructure Fund (AIF) announced. This provides Blacktown City Council with $45 million and The Hills Shire Council with $30.96 to co-fund and accelerate the delivery of fourteen community infrastructure projects worth $145.99 million.|
|21 June 2020||Nineteen new projects announced as the third tranche of projects to have their assessments fast-tracked. Decisions expected by 17 July 2020.|
|18 June 2020||The second tranche of fast-tracked assessments complete. Approved projects expected to deliver more than 15,000 jobs, 3,657 new homes and upwards of $5.3b in economic value.|
|15 June 2020||NSW Government releases discussion paper for the first comprehensive long-term housing strategy for public feedback before 24 July 2020.|
|13 June 2020||Council accelerated assessment program announced.
|29 May 2020||The Department published key information on how to stay safe in public spaces in response to new public health orders.|
|22 May 2020||A further 24 priority assessments announced as the second tranche of fast-tracked assessments. Determination of the projects to be finalised by 18 June.|
|21 May 2020||The first tranche of fast-tracked assessments complete. Approved projects are expected to deliver more than 10,000 jobs and $7.7 billion in economic benefit and 325,000 square metres of open space, parks and environmental conservation land.|
|15 May 2020||Changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 notified to clarify that certain minor works do not satisfy the requirement for physical commencement.|
|13 -14 May 2020||COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures—Miscellaneous) Act 2020 passed and introduced.|
|8 May 2020||Streets as Shared Spaces Program launched, with $15 million in grants available for immediate and medium-term temporary projects. Applications close 10 June 2020.|
|30 April 2020||Regulation introduced that requires planning panels to hold public hearings and meetings online.|
|28 April 2020||First tranche of fast-tracked assessments announced along with specific criteria for assessment. All these projects to be determined by 21 May 2020.|
|20 April 2020||Regulation changes have also been made that require online notification of statutory planning processes.|
|15 April 2020||Productivity Commissioner, Peter Achterstraat, appointed to review NSW developer contributions.|
|3 April 2020||Planning System Acceleration Program announced to fast-track assessments; clear the backlog and progress projects stuck in the system; and deliver vital community infrastructure.|
|2 April 2020||Construction hours extended to support industry during COVID-19.
|2 April 2020||Planning rules relaxed for food trucks and 'dark kitchens'.
|28 March 2020||NSW Government introduced the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 in response to COVID-19.|
|25 March 2020||Supermarkets and pharmacies able to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.|
|20 March 2020||New rules allow supermarkets to receive deliveries 24 hours a day, seven days a week.|
|5 March 2020||Planning changes introduced to help bushfire-affected small businesses and communities.
Read the full list of planning approvals between 1 January and 30 June 2020.
Page last updated: 12/10/2020