THE New South Wales Planning Review, led by former Environment Minister Tim Moore and former NSW Public Works Minister Ron Dyer, this week embarks on a two-month 'listening tour' across the state.
The review, which the government says is the most comprehensive in over three decades, will examine reforms to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 as well as the broader planning system.
Mr Moore said more than 150 meetings with stakeholders and the community were being held as part of the review, including community forums in at least 43 locations over the next two months. He added that 45 stakeholder meetings have already been held around Sydney.
"We will be traversing all corners of the State to listen to the community as part of the most comprehensive review of the NSW planning system in 31 years," Mr Moore said.
"We urge people to come along and tell us what they think should be the principles and objectives that should form the bedrock of this planning system."
Planning Minister Brad Hazzard said the listening tour "will ensure consultation is front and centre of the review process."
"For the first time in 31 years the Government is putting the entire NSW planning system up for debate, and the community will have its say on how planning should be handled in NSW," the Minister said.
Following the consultation period, a Green Paper, outlining reform options, and a White Paper, detailing draft legislation, will be prepared.
More information about the listening tour is available from the NSW Planning Review website at <http://www.planningreview.nsw.gov.au/>.