Facilitating faster approval

council reflections on the changing NSW planning and development assessment process

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    Abstract

    The time taken to approve residential development by local councils has long been identified as a central factor in debates centred on housing affordability. Many argue that delays in approval limit housing supply and thereby place upward pressure on prices. This paper explores two significant changes to the policy framework directing development assessment in NSW over the past 5 years: the implementation of Part 3A within the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979; and, a series of reforms implemented under the Improving the NSW Planning System agenda. According to the Minister for Planning these reforms will significantly decrease the average time taken for assessment. Unsurprisingly, local government claims that these reforms will: reduce the amount of funds made available for services/infrastructure; reduce local autonomy; and, change the local character of neighbourhoods. However, from a planning/development assessment perspective, these opinions are far from universal. In the context of this changing policy environment, this paper explores the experiences and opinions of councils from across NSW. The paper presents the results of interviews conducted with senior officials responsible for development assessment. Each of these policy changes is discussed in the context of the diverse populations and development pressures facing councils across NSW.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationState of Australian Cities National Conference, Perth, 24-27 November 09
    Subtitle of host publicationcity growth, sustainability, vitality and vulnerability
    Place of PublicationCanning Bridge, W.A.
    PublisherPromaco Conventions
    Pages1-25
    Number of pages25
    ISBN (Print)1863081569
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventState of Australian Cities Conference (4th : 2009) - Perth
    Duration: 24 Nov 200927 Nov 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceState of Australian Cities Conference (4th : 2009)
    CityPerth
    Period24/11/0927/11/09

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    Keywords

    • Development Assessment
    • New South Wales
    • Planning System/Reform
    • NSW Planning Legislation
    • Local Councils

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    Ruming, K. (2009). Facilitating faster approval: council reflections on the changing NSW planning and development assessment process. In State of Australian Cities National Conference, Perth, 24-27 November 09: city growth, sustainability, vitality and vulnerability (pp. 1-25). Canning Bridge, W.A.: Promaco Conventions.