Changes to the NSW planning system have been made in response to COVID-19. This includes legislative changes allowing the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces to make orders enabling certain development to be carried out without normal planning approval for the duration of the pandemic.
The Planning System Acceleration Program is part of the response. It includes a program for councils to accelerate assessment of development to support local and regional economies to recover from the pandemic.
LGNSW is liaising with the state government to shape planning system responses to COVID-19. More information is available on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.
Infrastructure Contributions Reform
The NSW Productivity Commission is undertaking a review of the infrastructure contributions system in NSW to be completed by the end of 2020.
NSW Housing Strategy Discussion Paper
The NSW Government is preparing a 20-year Housing Strategy for NSW.
Changes to Planning Panels
Changes to the way Local Planning Panels operate were introduced from 1 August 2020.
Design and Building Practitioners Act - Draft Regulations
The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 requires the registration of practitioners involved in design and building work and new obligations on practitioners to declare compliance with the Building Code of Australia.
Short-Term Rental Accommodation
The NSW Government is developing a new regulatory framework for Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA). The framework includes a state-wide planning framework, changes to strata legislation and a mandatory Code of Conduct.
Proposed Housing Diversity SEPP
The NSW Government exhibited an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for a proposed Housing Diversity SEPP for comment until 9 September 2020.
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