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.
A strong theme from our work throughout 2020 was the need for advance notice and clarity of what to expect from the department in terms of consultation on planning reform and other major program initiatives.
We are implementing a large policy reform program through the Planning Reform Action Plan and partnership with our stakeholders is critical to the success of our work.
We have developed a Planning and Public Spaces Outlook for 2021 to deliver on our commitment of providing regular updates throughout the Planning Reforms program. Further updates will be provided as we move forward.
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The program identifies and case manages 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.
We’ve brought forward immediate reforms to the planning system to support productivity, investment and jobs during COVID-19.
Reforms to complying development, focused on employment areas, offer a fast-tracked approval pathway for straight forward developments.
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.
The Rapid Assessment Framework aims to deliver system improvements that increase the efficiency of major project assessments and speed up assessment timeframes.
The department is developing new standard conditions which will provide greater consistency, alleviate pressure on councils and help speed up assessment timeframes.
$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.
The Your High Street grant program was launched in November 2020 to support councils across NSW to make permanent improvements to the amenity and functionality of their High Streets.
Under the Premier’s mandate, certain councils are required to commence the use of ePlanning Digital Services from 1 July 2020.