The development industry and councils will now have access to a new Planning Delivery Unit (PDU) that will work with NSW Government agencies to unblock planning projects stuck in the system.
Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the PDU will focus on resolving issues in major development applications (DAs), State Significant Developments, planning proposals and precincts so that decisions can be made faster.
“An efficient planning system has proven vital in our work to get the State back on the road to recovery post-pandemic,” Mr Stokes said.
“The new PDU is the new central point of escalation, complementing our Planning System Acceleration Program and keeping transparency, timeliness and certainty at the heart of our system.”
The PDU is led by former Liverpool City Council CEO Kiersten Fishburn and will comprise a team of up to 30 staff, including a number of senior specialist case managers.
In addition to helping to progress individual proposals, Minister Stokes has set the PDU an initial four projects to prioritise in the next eight weeks that will create opportunities for more than 66,500 new jobs and 50,000 new homes across Greater Sydney.
The four priority projects include:
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the PDU will also prioritise project delivery in regional NSW by directing planning panels to determine projects, where necessary, if a decision has not been made within 120 days.
“Now is the time for us to all work together to make decisions quickly and decisively to help create more opportunities for jobs and investment, right across the State,” Mr Perrottet said.
“The PDU is another great example of how we need to do things differently in a post-COVID world and as we move from the response to recovery phase we need to look at fresh ways to get our State’s economy back up and running.”
For more information visit: www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Planning-Delivery-Unit.