Ma­jor changes to NSW Plan­ning Act

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The NSW Govern­ment has re­leased a raft of new plan­ning re­forms that pro­pose to dra­mat­i­cally al­ter the way de­vel­op­ments ap­pli­ca­tions are as­sessed in the state. The draft amend­ments to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Plan­ning and As­sess­ment Act 1979 (EPAA) have been pro­posed un­der the guid­ance of four ma­jor ob­jec­tives de­vel­oped by govern­ment and stake­hold­ers over the past few years and will un­dergo a public con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod un­til 10 March. The amend­ments seek to im­prove com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion in plan­ning de­ci­sions, fa­cil­i­tate strate­gic plan­ning, in­crease pro­bity and ac­count­abil­ity in de­ci­sions, and cre­ate a sim­pler, faster plan­ning sys­tem. The draft changes have been wel­comed by the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects.

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