LGNSW Learning and Development

This course is available via:


Interactive online
Remote learning tailored to your council


In-house face to face
Delivered at your council


Member calendar training
Either face-to-face or interactive online for individual participants


Learning and Development  

Phone: 02 9242 4081
[email protected]

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Course Dates
20 Aug 2024Register Now
29 Oct 2024Register Now
27 Nov 2024Register Now

Planning for Non-Planners

Price: $462 incl GST
Duration: 9:00am-1.00pm

This workshop will allow participants to examine the fundamentals of planning theory and practice, the current legal framework and recent significant changes.

Emphasis will be placed on the role various participants in the land development process, especially Local and State Government.

Local and State Government planning functions are complex and often give rise to controversial debates over planning controls and development of sites, precincts and suburbs.

Best practice is a multi-disciplined approach, based on an understanding of the various roles.

This course will cover the current NSW strategic planning framework and development assessment procedures.

By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of:

  • The four fundamentals of planning in practice in NSW
  • The breadth of legislative planning and environment law
  • State and Local Government roles
  • The key elements of strategic planning in NSW and recent major changes (e.g. Regional/District Plans, Local Strategic Planning Statements)
  • Local Environmental Plans and Development Control Plans, in detail
  • Development assessment (DA) fundamentals – types of DA and key points in the DA process
  • Local and State-level community engagement in the plan making and DA processes
  • The role of the various participants in planning matters at the state and local level.

The workshop is lecture-based, with an interactive approach utilising a Course Workbook and pre-session preparation. Time for a chat.

Who Should Attend?
Local Government staff who work with council planners, private sector built/ natural environmental and land development professionals.