Delays In DAs Highlight Need For New Planning System

01/04/2013 10:09 pm

The NSW Minister for Planning Brad Hazzard has suggested that recently released data on council approval times for new development highlights the need  for a new planning system. With Councils taking on average 71 days to assess development applications, up from 68 days.

Hazzard said the Local Development Performance Monitoring Report for 2011-12, released today, showed councils were struggling with a complex planning system.

"The current planning system is over 30 years old and has been amended hundreds of times leading to slower approvals and more red tape for mum and dad builders," Mr Hazzard said.

Despite the delays, across NSW $22 billion worth of local and regional projects were approved by councils, private certifiers and planning panels in 2011-12, an increase of 11% on the previous year.

8 local government areas had projects approved with a combined investment value of more than half a billion dollars:

  • Auburn
  • Blacktown
  • North Sydney
  • Penrith
  • Ryde
  • City Of Sydney
  • City Of Newcastle
  • The Hills

The report also found:

  • Councils averaged 71 days to assess DA's (up from 68)
  • 15 councils took more than 100 days to determine DAs (up from 8 councils)
  • Elected councillors took 171 days to determine DAs - compared with 66 days for council staff
  • About 12% of DAs were referred to other government agencies - adding an average of 50 days.