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July 20, 2020

The Premier of NSW has announced an $83 million Planning Reform Action Plan as part of the State’s COVID-19 recovery process. The Premier said the plan would build on the Government’s work to improve the planning system to keep people in jobs and the economy moving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Planning Reform Action Plan includes:

  • Implementing the next phase of the ePlanning Program to make it easier to interact with the planning system;
  • A reduction in applications requiring agency concurrence and referrals, and new benchmark timeframes on key assessment and planning functions;
  • Complying development reforms to support emerging industries and fast track government projects; and
  • Boost the role and resourcing of the Land and Environment Court by establishing a new class of appeals for rezonings to help unblock the planning system and appoint an additional two commissioners to enable more cases to be heard each year.

The Premier reported that a faster assessment program will see:

  • Rezoning decisions cut by 191 Days (a 33% time saving);
  • Decisions on development applications for larger, regionally significant projects cut by 91 days (a 25% time saving); and
  • Decisions on major projects of significance to the State cut by 20 days (a 17% time saving).

Further information on the Planning Reform Action Plan can be found here.

If you would like further information on the planning reforms or any other planning related matter, please contact HIA’s Planning Team on 1300 650 620 or