The NSW Government has introduced a suite of reforms to deliver a better planning system for NSW, accelerate the delivery of projects, create jobs, and keep the economy moving.
Complying development offers the potential for fast-tracked planning pathways for low impact development. This means projects that meet strict construction and building standards may be approved faster by council or an accredited certifier.
The purpose of the complying development reforms is to:
The reforms are intended to support greater innovation by better tailoring assessment processes, reducing project delays, and making it easier to navigate the planning system.
Four key areas have been identified through research commissioned by the department to encourage investment and job-generating development through strengthening complying development:
1. Enabling land use and business agility for retail, commercial and industrial development reducing barriers in utilising existing space.
2. Optimising opportunities for industrial and commercial development.
3. Neighbourhood centre activation, strengthening our increasingly important local networks.
4. Streamlining the delivery of data centres to strengthen networks.
We are inviting councils to participate in our planning reforms engagement program. This program is focused on the reforms of employment zones and will take place in February and April 2021. We also encourage planning, economic development, place managers, traffic and other referral teams and council certifiers to register to engage on these important issues.
The engagement program is now underway; however, late registrations are still welcome.
The engagement program is split into the four subject matter modules, as set out above. Each module will contain an online information session (webinar) and workshop(s). When registering your interest, you can opt-in for one or more modules.
For more information about the engagement program, please email the team.
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.Find out about the reform
The Neighbourhood Centres program provides guidance to businesses, communities and councils about how neighbourhood centres can be activated and improved using exempt and complying development planning pathways.Find out more