NSW Planning Reforms
NSW Legislative Updates
- Mandate up-front community participation plans
- Replace Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs) with Local Planning Panels (LPPs)
- Introduce local strategic planning statements
- Expand complying development with measures to enforce the system
- Standardise Voluntary Planning Agreements.
Review of State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs)
- LGNSW Submission to Independent Review of BP Act Draft Report - October 2015 (PDF, 416KB)
- LGNSW Submission to Independent Review of BP Act Draft Report - June 2015 (PDF, 196KB)
A detailed account of the problems with building certification facing Local Government was also provided in an earlier submission (PDF, 561KB) by LGNSW (in March 2014) to the Building Professionals Board (BPB) report on 'Building Certification and Regulation - Serving a New Planning System for NSW'.
The NSW Government introduced a new pathway for development approval of what is called ‘complying development’ under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Codes) 2008. This is referred to as the ‘Codes SEPP’. Complying development is a combined planning and construction approval for straightforward development that can be determined through a fast track assessment by a council or private accredited certifier. A series of state wide codes have been established progressively under the umbrella legislation of the Codes SEPP. These enable a council or private certifier to approve development without the need for development consent from council.
The NSW Government has increased the target for complying development that has set in motion a review of the current codes and an expectation that the state wide codes can be expanded to more risky forms of development, such as medium density development.
LGNSW supports the extension of exempt and complying development provisions, but only where they can be tailored to the local context and incorporate local provisions.
Draft Proposed Medium Density Housing Code
- Submission to the Department of Planning and Environment’s 2016 Background Paper entitled A Review of Complying Development for Inland NSW - May 2016 (PDF, 176KB).
- Submission to the Department of Planning and Environment’s 2015 Discussion Paper entitled Expanding complying development to medium density development - April 2016 (PDF, 260KB).
Review of SEPP 65
Design Quality of Residential Flat Buildings
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) finalised a comprehensive review of State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development in 2015. The review resulted in a number of changes to the policy, including the overhaul of the Residential Flat Design Code into the Apartment Design Guide. LGNSW highlighted concerns about car parking and minimum apartment sizes in its 2014 submission to the review (PDF, 302KB).