Media release: LGNSW says Government plans must deliver infrastructure upfront

24 October 2017

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) said the NSW Government's planning and transport strategies released this week were a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to deliver integrated and upfront infrastructure for communities in NSW.

“If the Government gets this right, it will deliver a functional planning system in NSW,” LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said.

Cr Rhoades said the latest planning document released, around ‘right to farm’, called the Primary Production and Rural Development Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE), came on the heels of the Greater Sydney Commission’s draft Regional Plan, and the draft Future Transport 2056 Strategy, all announced this week.

The draft Future Transport Strategy is made up of three documents – the draft Future Transport Strategy, and the Services and Infrastructure Plans for both Greater Sydney and Regional NSW.

“The success of all these plans depends on one thing: they must deliver an integrated and coordinated plan for NSW, where community infrastructure is delivered up-front,” he said.

The Department of Planning and Environment proposes to consolidate five existing rural-based State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) under a single Primary Production and Rural Development SEPP.

“While LGNSW supports cutting the number and complexity of the SEPPs that overlay councils’ Local Environment Plans, we strongly recommend that the draft SEPP be exhibited next year so we can see it in full,” said Clr Rhoades.

“We want to make sure the SEPP strikes the right balance between protecting the ‘right to farm’, amenity and the ability to use rural land most productively,” he said. 

LGNSW is working with the NSW Government in delivering a better planning system and welcomes the opportunity to provide practical advice on any new changes proposed.

“The implementation of these documents must be highly integrated so we don’t waste this opportunity to improve our communities.”

LGNSW will consult its members on this important suite of plans and make detailed submissions to the NSW Government.

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