NSW Planning Bill debate to resume in 2014

03/12/2013 11:52 pm

The debate on the NSW Planning Bill has been deferred by the NSW Lower House after the Upper House amended the legislation. The NSW Parliament will now reconsider the Planning Bill in 2014.

The NSW Government has attempted to reassure the industry  by stating that it remains committed to delivering a new planning system for NSW.

The Government argues that two and a half years of consultation - including hearing from more than 6,000 people at 160 face-to-face discussion sessions – has highlighted that there is broad support for change, specifically:

  • strategic planning
  • greater consultation
  • better coordination of infrastructure and development
  • changing the planning culture

Planning is a critical part of the NSW economy, society and environment with around $20 billion of economic activity passing through the development assessment system each year.

While the Planning Bill remains before the Parliament, the Government will be continuing the work which is already underway on many important initiatives. This includes culture change, developing modern ePlanning tools for the 21st century, placing a greater emphasis oncommunity and stakeholder engagement and developing stronger strategic plans based on solid evidence.

However, the delay is no doubt a blow to the industry and keeps a level of uncertainty.