THE NSW Government today released the report of an independent review into the functions of the Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC).
The review was conducted by an independent panel chaired by Gabrielle Kibble AO, a former Director-General of the Department of Planning.
The review has found that the CSPC:
- Continues to play an important role in planning for the City of Sydney;
- Generally undertakes its operations in an efficient manner; and
- Has a membership which remains appropriate for its role and functions.
Mr Kelly said in reaching its conclusions, the panel considered 115 submissions from interested parties including local residents, business and peak industry bodies.
The panel has made a number of recommendations to improve the operations of
the CSPC, including:
- The formation of a major development assessment team within the City of Sydney;
- Protocols to streamline design advisory input into the assessment process;
- Improved monitoring of major development assessment performance; and
- Proposals to improve transparency and communication with stakeholders.
Mr Kelly said he welcomed any measures that will improve consistency with statewide planning systems and lead to ongoing improvement in the operation of the CSPC
Mr Kelly said he had written to Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, seeking Council's comments on the panel's findings and has asked the Department of Planning to examine the findings and provide advice in coming weeks.
The CSPC has been responsible for decision-making on large development proposals in the City of Sydney local government area for 22 years.
Mr Kelly initiated the independent review of the CSPC in June, raising concerns that it was part of a plan to abolish the Committee and transfer developments above $100 million to the Minister for Planning.