NSW Planning Reforms: Green Paper - Significant reform or more of the same?

20 July 2012

The NSW Government’s Green Paper, ‘A new planning system for NSW’ released on 14 July 2012 (Green Paper) lays out a blueprint for fundamental planning reform in NSW. The primary intentions of the proposed reforms are to reduce complexity, costs and delays, increase flexibility to facilitate investment, and improve transparency through increased stakeholder participation in decision making within the planning system.

The NSW Government is to be commended for taking steps to reform the NSW planning system.  There is general community and industry consensus that the current planning system, after more than 30 years, and numerous ad hoc amendments on the run, has become too complex and inefficient. This has inevitably had a stifling effect on development investment decision in our State.

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