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We are bringing planning processes up to date and making them easier. The new Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) is part of a broader review of all our SEPPs and aims to simplify and consolidate how to deliver good design in NSW.

 

The Design and Place SEPP puts place and design quality at the forefront of development. Our shared responsibility to care for Country and sustain healthy, thriving communities underpins the policy. The SEPP spans places of all scales, from precincts, large developments, and buildings to infrastructure and public space.

 

'The Place You Live' survey - Closed

The landmark 'The Place You Live' survey is now closed. The survey will provide the NSW Government with key insights about current expectations and desires around housing diversity, public space and neighbourhood amenities, and will help shape the upcoming Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).

 

The survey was being conducted by independent market and social research firm Fiftyfive5, commissioned by NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Fiftyfive5 are members of the Australian Data and Insights Association (ADIA). To view the Fiftyfive5 privacy policy visit the privacy policy web page.

 

Design and Place SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect

Public exhibition of the Design and Place SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect closed in April 2021. All formal submissions have been reviewed and and are publicly available on the Planning Portal. We are pleased to share with you a summary analysis in the ‘What we heard – Design and Place SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect Submissions Report’. The report includes a statement from Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Hon. Rob Stokes, outlining the key changes that will be made to the policy, in response to what we’ve heard so far.

 

We are continuing to work closely with our stakeholders through a program of Policy Working Groups on key topics of interest identified through submissions to help inform the detailed development of the Design and Place SEPP. 

 

The draft Design and Place SEPP will go on public exhibition later in 2021 to provide more opportunities for feedback. We are developing supporting guidance and tools, drafts of which will also go on exhibition with the draft SEPP. These guides include revisions to the Apartment Design Guide and improvements to the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX), as well as the proposed Urban Design Guide, and Design Review Guide.

 

Timeline infographic showcasing Desing and SEPP program

 

Resources

For more information on the Design and Place SEPP, see this brochure (PDF, 1.7MB), frequently asked questions (PDF, 59KB), SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect document or watch these webinars:

The Design and Place SEPP team explain the overall structure and approach to the SEPP and discuss the intended effects.

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Page last updated: 23/09/2021