NSW to hasten residential approvals with new planning rules

NSW to hasten residential approvals with new planning rules
NSW to hasten residential approvals with new planning rules
The NSW Department of Planning will be able to step in if councils or other government agencies sit on residential approvals for too long under new laws.
Aimed at relieving Sydney's chronic housing shortage, the proposed changes will see the Planning Minister also have the right to set up a planning panel on councils that are stalling on a project decision.
It is a system already operating in South Australia. 

The NSW development approval system has previously been labelled the worst in the world by the Property Council of NSW.

The Daily Telegraph had Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week saying Sydney councils were taking three times as long to approve DAs as their counterparts in Brisbane.

The proposed changes include standardising the format of councils' development control plans, removing 400 formats that exist across the state.

Developers will also be given incentives, yet to be detailed, to resolve objections with neighbours before lodging development approvals.

It is expected to save time and money, and increase harmony, though the Australian Financial Review noted NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes' department provided details of the legislation to the paper on the condition no groups such as Greens and local councils would be approached for comment. 

NSW Urban Development Institute of Australia chief executive Steve Mann, in comments supplied by the NSW government, said the reforms addressed some long-held frustrations with the planning system by industry, community and local government.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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