On Wednesday the 15th of November, the NSW State Parliament passed the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) reforms which are now awaiting assent.
The reforms will address:
- Local Strategic Planning Statements - New Planning proposals must take into account Council's local strategic planning priorities and targets;
- Community Participation Plans - Planning Authorities will be required to prepare CPPs on how they will engage the community in relevant planning decisions in relation to the Act's new community participation principles;
- Standardizing Development Control Plans - a standardized format and structure will be released for DCPs;
- Facilitate the enforcement of Complying Development requirements;
- New tools to combat breaches of the Act;
- Concurrent advice for Part 5 Development - Public authorities will be required to consult with other authorities before commencing work in infrastructure corridors.
The current structure of the EP&A Act will be restructured from 8 parts into 10, resulting in the reordering of existing sections.
More information can be found on the NSW Parliament website: