NEW South Wales Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Brad Hazzard, has approved an extension of 2 weeks to the closing date for submissions on the Issues Paper of the NSW Planning System Review, following a request from a number of key stakeholders.
The Issues Paper, released last December and titled 'The way ahead for planning in NSW?', outlines the key issues raised during the consultation phase of the review.
The Minister's announcement granting an extra two weeks for submissions was made at the Ministerial Planning Forum held last week, where the Minister and co-chair of the planning system review, Tim Moore, provided an update on the review process and invited participants to share their views on issues and ideas to be addressed in the next phase of the review.
In his opening remarks, Mr Hazzard outlined some of the actions underway at the State level to facilitate greater integration and coordination across agencies involved in managing growth and development.
Mr Moore explained that the Issues Paper reflected what arose from the consultations, and he encouraged participants, when providing feedback and ideas, not to be confined to what is contained in the Paper.
The remaining two stages of the review involve:
- The preparation of Green Paper – outlining options in regard to the future planning system and the basis of a legislative scheme (due in April 2012); and
- A White Paper – setting out the Government's new framework for the NSW Planning System, including the draft legislation.
The new closing date for submissions on the Issues Paper is midnight 2 March 2012. More information is available from the NSW Planning Review website at <http://planningreview.nsw.gov.au/>.