The NSW Government is building a faster, simpler planning system to support jobs, homes and open space.
As part of the Planning Reform Action Plan, we are proposing to speed up the process for changing planning rules on a particular piece of land – known as rezoning.
The reforms include new ways to:
We exhibited a discussion paper on a new approach to rezonings for feedback from 15 December 2021 until 28 February 2022. The proposals in the discussion paper simplify the system to cut timeframes and create investment certainty.
We are currently working through the issues and ideas raised by submitters to help us inform our final policy.
Over time the rezoning process has become complex, leading to unnecessary delays and higher costs.
We have worked closely with industry, council and Land and Environment Court users to develop a proposed new approach for rezoning and an appeal or review pathway on the final decision.
Our intention is for the new approach to start in 2022.
Watch a webinar introducing the new approach to rezonings.
The NSW Government has announced a new Local Environmental Plan (LEP) Making Guideline (PDF, 7.1 MB) which includes guidance on new planning processes and timeframes.
While the Guideline aims to deliver immediate benefits, the feedback received over the last year has also identified an opportunity to build on these improvements and look at long term and system wide reform of the rezoning process.
The Discussion Paper: A New Approach to Rezonings has been drafted to canvass and seek feedback on a proposed new approach to LEP amendments.
The Environmental Planning and Assessment (Statement of Expectations) Order 2021 (Order) explains the former Minister’s expectations about the performance of councils, when dealing with three key planning and development areas:
The Order aims to improve the performance of councils existing processes and relates to circumstances where a planning administrator or regional panel can be appointed. It is not directly related to the New Approach to Rezonings Discussion Paper which proposes longer term reforms for feedback.
Visit the planning portal to view the exhibited documents and submissions.
Email the policy team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page last updated: 17/06/2022