NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes last week launched a draft Architecture and Design Policy, which will aim to help deliver high quality urban design and better places for people across NSW.
According to the Minister, the draft policy lays the foundation for a design-led planning strategy being developed by the NSW Government Architect.
The strategy will provide detailed guidance to support good design outcomes and introduce a range of new initiatives including establishing a NSW State Design Advisory Panel to consider key state significant projects, ensuring good design informs the development of these projects from the outset and throughout the design and assessment process.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said good design is vital to Sydney growing successfully into the future.
"Sydney is growing at a rapid rate, and we need more houses and improved public facilities. We also have to make sure that we don't end up with a big, disorganised, ugly city because of poor design and planning," Mr Stokes said.
"Focusing on design will help maximise benefits from the billions of dollars the NSW Government is spending on infrastructure, so we can build an even better future for our city and state."
Mr Stokes also revealed that amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to be released for consultation later this year will include a new objective promoting good design in the built environment.
"Good design is critical to creating liveable, productive, sustainable and resilient communities, and we want to champion good design through a new policy and give it weight through legislative changes," Mr Stokes said.