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The NSW Government has introduced a suite of reforms to deliver a better planning system for NSW.

 

Work is underway to improve assessment time frames, reduce red tape, eliminate double-handling and fast-track projects that deliver great public benefits to the people of NSW.

 

The planning system will continue to be a key lever for the NSW Government as we respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic with particular focus on reforms that accelerate the delivery of projects that create jobs and keep the economy moving.

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Planning Reform Action Plan

Planning Reform Action Plan

Find out more about how we're building a better future for the state with a better planning system.

Read about the future reforms
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Planning Delivery Unit

Planning Delivery Unit

A new team to help unblock planning projects stuck in the system.

Learn about the Planning Delivery Unit
New building under construction at Sydney Business Park. Marsden Park, Sydney, NSW. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / Don Fuchs

Priority Assessment Program

Priority Assessment Program

The program will identify and case-manage projects with the potential to deliver a strong pipeline of investment, public benefit, growth and jobs over the medium term and continue to support our State’s economic recovery.

Read about the program
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Planning System Acceleration Program

Planning System Acceleration Program

We’ve brought forward immediate reforms to the planning system to support productivity, investment and jobs during COVID-19.

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Streetscape, Yamba town centre, NSW.

Complying Development Reforms

Complying Development Reforms

Reforms to complying development, focused on employment areas, offer a fast-tracked approval pathway for low impact development.

Learn more about the reforms
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Employment Zones Reform

Employment Zones Reform

The department is undertaking a reform program which includes the delivery of a simplified employment zone framework to support long-term economic recovery through job creation and encourage increased productivity in NSW.

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Rapid Assessment Framework

Rapid Assessment Framework

The Rapid Assessment Framework aims to deliver system improvements that increase the efficiency of major project assessments and speed up assessment timeframes.

Find out more about the framework
Parklands in residential area at Gledswood Hills, South-West Sydney NSW. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / Adam Hollingworth

NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program

NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program

$250 million will be made available to eligible councils to accelerate development applications and rezonings, meet local demand for housing and employment and deliver a lasting legacy of safe, quality open and public space.

Find out about the program
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Streets as Shared Spaces

Streets as Shared Spaces

The NSW Government has awarded grants to councils for temporary activation projects that support the community during COVID-19 and also test ideas for more permanent improvements to local streets, paths and public spaces.

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ePlanning Mandate

ePlanning Mandate

Under the Premier’s mandate, certain councils are required to commence the use of ePlanning Digital Services from 1 July 2020.

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