The NSW Government is committed to improving the resilience of regional NSW and supporting economic recovery from impacts of COVID-19 and the 2019-20 bushfires.
The department is proposing to simplify the planning process for small business activities and low-impact agricultural development on NSW farms.
We want to help landowners implement innovative activities on their farms, including agritourism, by simplifying areas of the planning system and streamlining approval pathways related to agriculture.
These changes will deliver on actions in regional plans to enable opportunities for sustainable tourism, particularly regarding agritourism.
We will make it easier for farmers to establish new complementary businesses on their land, which includes:
The proposed changes are detailed in an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) that was on public exhibition from 9 March 2021 until 19 April 2021.
The department welcomed your feedback during the public exhibition. This feedback helps us better understand the opinions and concerns of all stakeholders, which help inform our decision making.
Once we have considered the feedback and finalised the changes, we propose to implement the changes in stages.
Stage 1 will include the following:
Stage 2 will involve the department working with councils that have expressed an interest in making changes to their LEPs. The department will facilitate these changes through an amending SEPP, saving councils the time and resources required to progress individual planning proposals.
We thank you for your feedback on this proposed implementation approach.
For more information about the proposed changes you can read the FAQs.
If you have any questions, please contact the department via our online form.
Image banner: Family enjoying a campfire during sunset at a Fairview Off Grid camp site in Temora, NSW. Photo by Destination NSW
Agritourism case studies
Read our case studies and find out how the proposed changes will make it easier for farmers to establish new complementary businesses on their land.
Virtual ideas wall
Tell us what you think and help us understand what types of agritourism or other agricultural activity landowners are interested in developing on their property.