'A New Planning System for New South Wales - White
Paper' represents the final stage of the comprehensive review
of the state's planning system which was initiated by the NSW
Government in July 2011. After the release of the Green Paper in
July 2012, community members, businesses, organisations and
industry practitioners were invited to give final comments on the
proposed areas of reform The White Paper aims to set out the
recommended reforms in a way that elaborates on the contents of the
new planning system and provides a response to the questions and
issues raised in the submissions received on the Green Paper.
The White Paper is accompanied by two exposure Bills which will
eventually form the basis of the new state planning legislation.
The content of the White Paper and Bills (Reform Package) will be
open for public comment until 28 June 2013.
PURPOSE OF REFORM
The NSW Government's stated purpose in introducing a new
planning system is "to promote economic growth and development
in NSW for the benefit of the entire community, while protecting
the environment and enhancing people's way of
life."1 The White Paper places an emphasis on the
term "sustainable development", being the "the
integration of economic, environmental and social considerations in
decision making, having regard for present and future
WHAT ARE THE CHANGES?
The Reform Package builds on five key focus areas, originally
identified in the Green Paper as "major transformative
changes". They are:
Changing the planning culture referred to as the "delivery
Introducing a strategic planning framework.
The provision of infrastructure.
Important complementary changes will also be made to building
regulation and certification to ensure better quality of
construction and fire protection over the life of buildings.
1 White Paper, p52.
2 White Paper, p5.
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