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Simplifying and improving the planning policy framework

A review program for State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) to deliver a modern planning system is underway. The review is underpinned by the Government's commitment to simplify the NSW planning system and reduce complexity without reducing the rigour necessary in considering matters of State and regional significance.

 

This review process will modernise, simplify and improve the effectiveness and usability of policies.

 

The SEPP review program is examining the existing policies to consider:

  • whether they are still relevant
  • the need to update and integrate into a new SEPP or elsewhere in the planning framework.

The review intends to remove policy and controls that are duplicated in strategies, regional plans and local environmental plans.

 

Delivery of policies through the standard instrument Local Environmental Plans is a priority, where possible and appropriate. The role and importance of SEPPs to deal with matters of State or regional environmental planning significance will not be diminished.

 

The review will be rolled out in several phases. Stage 1 is now complete with amendments commenced on 5 August 2016. Stage 2 of the review is now underway.

The NSW Government has finalised the review of 16 State Environmental Planning Policies. The review identified provisions that are:

  • no longer needed
  • already delivered by other planning instruments or parts of the planning system
  • more effectively delivered in other parts of the planning system to ensure the protections these policies provide are maintained.

Circular PS 16-002 advises councils and practitioners of changes introduced by Stage 1 of the SEPP review.

 

The following SEPPs were repealed in Stage 1:

  • Hunter Regional Environmental Plan 1989 (Heritage)
  • Illawarra Regional Environmental Plan No 1
  • Illawarra Regional Environmental Plan No 2 – Jamberoo Valley
  • Jervis Bay Regional Environmental Plan 1996
  • Lower South Coast Regional Environmental Plan (No 2)
  • North Coast Regional Environmental Plan
  • Orana Regional Environmental Plan No 1 – Siding Spring
  • Riverina Regional Environmental Plan No 1
  • State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP 53 Transitional Provisions) 2011
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 15 – Rural Landsharing Communities
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 29 – Western Sydney Recreation Area
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 32 – Urban Consolidation (Redevelopment of Urban Land)
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 39 – Spit Island Bird Habitat
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 59 – Central Western Sydney Regional Open Space and Residential
  • Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No 18 – Public Transport Corridors
  • Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No 19 – Rouse Hill Development Area.

 

Details of the specific amendments to the planning instruments include:

A range of SEPPs are progressively being reviewed in Stage 2 of the SEPP review program.

 

So far the Department has sought public comment on proposed amendments comprising:

The Department is still considering feedback on some of these proposals, and is continuing to progress its review of other SEPPs.

 

The Department will continue to seek public comments on further proposed amendments to other SEPPs coming from the review, to be made available for public consultation. Details of these proposals will be added to this page, as they are released for exhibition.

 

Details of the specific amendments to the planning instruments include:

New State Environmental Planning Policies

In addition to the SEPP review program, the Department developed new SEPPs which have now been finalised:

 

Current SEPPs

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Corridor Protection SEPP

Finalised

Corridor Protection SEPP

The protection of major infrastructure corridors has been achieved through the making of the Corridor Protection State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Infrastructure Corridors) 2020 (SEPP).

Read more about the SEPP
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Design and Place SEPP

The Design and Place SEPP aims to reduce prescriptive measures and encourage innovation by establishing central principles for design and place.

The Design and Place SEPP aims to reduce prescriptive measures and encourage innovation by establishing central principles for design and place.

View more and watch the webinar
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Draft Environment SEPP

The NSW government has been working towards developing a new State Environmental Planning Policy for the protection of our natural environment.

Draft Environment SEPP
The NSW government has been working towards developing a new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for the protection and management of our natural environment. These areas are important to communities in delivering opportunities for physical health, economic security and cultural identity. SEPP is now under consideration.
Read about the draft Environment SEPP
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Primary production and rural development

A new planning framework commenced on 28 February 2019 to further support primary production and rural development.

Primary production and rural development

A new planning framework commenced on 28 February 2019 to further support primary production and rural development.


Read about the new planning reforms
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Housekeeping amendment to the Codes SEPP

Housekeeping amendment to the Codes SEPP

We’re continuously monitoring the Codes SEPP to ensure it is effectively reducing red tape, costs and delays for low impact exempt and complying development.

Read more about the Housekeeping amendment to the Codes SEPP
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Mining SEPP amendment

The Mining SEPP aims to manage and sustainably develop these resources for the social and economic benefit of the community.

The Mining SEPP aims to manage and sustainably develop these resources for the social and economic benefit of the community.

View the amendment
Scenic view of Penrith Lakes.

Penrith Lakes SEPP

Finalised

Penrith Lakes SEPP

Penrith Lakes is governed by the Penrith Lakes SEPP. In May 2020, we sought your feedback on a consultation paper for proposed rezoning changes, after considering feedback, the amendment was made on 10 July 2020.

Read about the changes
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Repeal of operational SEPPs

The repeal of operational SEPPs commenced on 1 February 2020. The change helps simplify and modernise the planning system by removing duplicated, redundant and outdated planning controls.

Repeal of operational SEPPs

The repeal of operational SEPPs commenced on 1 February 2020. The change helps simplify and modernise the planning system by removing duplicated, redundant and outdated planning controls.

View the details
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Sydney Metro Northwest SRD SEPP amendment

Have you say on amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy covering rail stations to be developed as part of Sydney Metro Northwest.

Sydney Metro Northwest SRD SEPP amendment

You’re invited to have you say on a proposed amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011 covering rail stations to be developed as part of Sydney Metro Northwest.

Have your say on Sydney Metro Northwest
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Three Ports SEPP amendments

Port Botany, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle are recognised as state significant precincts due to their importance to the NSW economy.

Three Ports SEPP
Port Botany, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle are recognised as state significant precincts due to their importance to the NSW and Australian economy.
Have your say on the Three Ports SEPP review

More information

For more information phone 1300 305 695.