THE New South Wales Government has launched a new website as part of its review process to deliver a new planning system for the state.
The new website (http://planningreview.nsw.gov.au) follows a forum held last month by Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard where he launched the review of the state's planning system.
The Coalition committed to a review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 during this year's election campaign, calling the current system dysfunctional and promising to create a transparent and modern system that provides certainty and enjoys public support.
The review will be jointly chaired by Tim Moore, former Environment Minister and current Land and Environment Court Commissioner (who will take leave from the court during this period) and former Labor Minister Ron Dyer.
The review will take approximately 18 months and has been divided into three stages:
A listening and scoping stage – to identify the key outcomes and principles for a new planning system (4 months);
The preparation of Green Paper – outlining options in regard to the future planning system and the basis of a legislative scheme (6 months); and
A White Paper – setting out the Government's new framework for the NSW Planning System, including the draft legislation (8 months).
The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) has welcomed the review and called on the government to build a planning system that takes into account all stakeholders as well as current opportunities and challenges.
The Property Council of Australia has said the review should be used to build a more efficient, simple and transparent planning system.