The Planning Reform Action Plan follows announcements including the government's Planning System Acceleration Program and Planning Delivery Unit which together target and bolster the development and construction industry against the economic downturn associated with COVID19. The following matters are amongst those that are considered as part of the Planning Reform Action Plan.
By 1 July 2021, all councils throughout NSW will be required to have adopted the online system.
This will increase the range of projects that can be signed off by a Council or private certifier without being required to go down the development application pathway.
Notably, complying development does not require the same notification and community consultation requirements that the development application process does.
More information is to come as to how this class of appeals will be established and managed in the Court.
While the Planning Reform Action Plan provides an indication of the focus areas for the NSW Government, more information is required to understand how all of these changes will be implemented, how existing and future projects will be impacted, and how local government authorities will be supported through the reforms.
Our Planning and Environment team can provide you with guidance on what these changes mean for your existing or future development projects. Get in contact today to ensure you receive updates in this area as it develops.