NSW Councils Receive Funding To Deliver E-Planning

07/08/2012 9:36 pm

7 NSW Councils will share in almost $190,000 in funding to help implement the Electronic Housing Code and give developers and homeowners access to online approval processing.

The Planning Department announced this week that Camden, Holroyd, Kogarah, Penrith, Warringah, Willoughby and Wingecarribee council had each been awarded grants of up to $30,000 and have been chosen to join the Electronic Housing Code program.

Department Director General Sam Haddad said the funding would assist councils to buy software and computer equipment, undertake staff training and upgrade the land and property information which feeds the system.

The department is committed to improving NSW residents’ access to e-Planning tools, which was a clear focus of the recently released Green Paper on a new planning system for NSW.

This funding is just the latest step towards bringing the electronic planning tools to more areas.” Mr Haddad said.

The Electronic Housing Code is already operational in 10 council areas including Bankstown, Blacktown, Lake Macquarie, Port Macquarie, Rockdale, Shellharbour, Sutherland, Tamworth, The Hills and Tweed councils.

We will soon have 30 per cent of all land parcels in NSW available on the Electronic Housing Code which can qualify for approvals at the click of a button for straightforward applications such as the construction of a new home, or home renovations,” Mr Haddad said.

Four other councils which were also selected to join the system this year – Campbelltown, Coffs Harbour, Great Lakes and Wyong – will also be eligible for funding in the coming months.