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The Strategic Planning Toolkit is a hub for guidelines and resources to support local councils and planning professionals in plan making.

 

The aim of the toolkit is to provide guidance on local plan making, and to assist in the implementation of the goals and directions contained within the nine Regional Plans, A Metropolis of Three Cities and the five District Plans.

 

As new planning strategies transpire, the Strategic Planning Toolkit will provide an up to date one-stop-shop resource for local councils and planning professionals alike to employ best practice planning across NSW.

 

The Strategic Planning Toolkit applies to all stages of planning – from high level Global, National and State strategic planning down to local area and site planning.

 

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The Department has finalised nine Regional Plans that cover the whole of regional NSW. View planning for the future regions of NSW.

 

The Greater Sydney Commission’s A Metropolis of Three Cities plan aligns land use, transport and infrastructure planning to reshape Greater Sydney as three unique but connected cities. The five District Plans provide the bridge between regional and local planning.

 

In March 2018, amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) introduced new requirements for councils to prepare and make Local Strategic Planning Statements (LSPS). The statements provide a clear line-of-sight between the key strategic priorities identified at regional or district spatial scales and the finer-grained planning at local, centre and neighbourhood scales.

 

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Page last updated: 12/11/2019

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Draft Urban Design for Regional NSW

The Draft Urban Design for Regional NSW is a guide for creating healthy built environments in regional NSW and has been prepared specifically for regional NSW.

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Local Housing Strategy Guideline

The Local Housing Strategy Guidelines provides a step-by-step process for producing local housing strategies.

Read the Local Housing Strategy Guideline and Template

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Local Strategic Planning Statements – Guideline for Councils

This guideline provides information for councils, the community and other stakeholders on the contents of a local strategic planning statement, how it is made, and how it is implemented.

Read the Local Strategic Planning Statements (Guideline for Councils)

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A guide to preparing Local Environmental Plans

This guideline provides guidance and information on the process for making Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) under Part 3 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979 (the Act).

Read a guide to preparing local environmental plans

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A guide to preparing Planning Proposals

This guideline is issued under Section 3.33 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979 (the Act) and provides guidance and information on the process for preparing Planning Proposals.

Read a guide to preparing planning proposals

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Using Departmental Data

The Department provides regular and insightful information on demographics, forecasting and population change.

View the Department’s Research and Demography page