Better Planning Network

Better Planning Network (BPN) is a state-wide Not for Profit, grassroots volunteer-based organisation founded in 2012.

Our aim is for a robust and visionary planning system for NSW - one that fosters best practice environmental, heritage, social sustainability and design outcomes; and make sure best practice planning is achieved through a colloborative and authentic community partnership engagement approach.

This follows the NSW Government's attempt to introduce planning reforms that priortise economic growth at the expense of the environment, our heritage and proper community participation in strategic planning and local assessments. While, together we successfully succeeded in stalling the Planning Bills in 2013, the Government is now pushing ahead with many of its controversial reforms.

In response, the Planning for People Charter A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW was developed by a coalition of community and environmental peak bodies. Supported by the Greens, Labor and Christian Democrats, we hope that the Coalition government will similarly support the Charter, which five principles are key to good planning outcomes for NSW. 

BPN membership or affiliation is open to community groups.  You can also join our network as an individual Friend of BPN  Click here to find out more.

  • Upcoming events

    Newcastle Seminar: The New NSW Planning Laws
    Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 01:00 PM
    Pachamama House in Newcastle, Australia

    This seminar, organised by the Better Planning Network in association with the Hunter and Central Rivers Alliance, will look at the revised NSW planning laws that became operational in March 2018, with a specific focus on changes to state-significant development.  RSVPs essential. Entry by donation at the door.

    Presentation by Mr James Ryan.  James is a solicitor focusing on environmental planning law and has a background in community activism in the Hunter Valley inspired by the widespread land clearing occurring as a result of property speculation, coal mining and urban development.  James spent 12 years as an elected Councillor on Cessnock Council from 2004 until 2016 and in that time worked for the Total Environment Centre as a Community Organiser on the Regional Planning Strategies (2005-2008).  As a solicitor James has experience in the private sector, as well as in community based environment law. His primary interest is in planning for ecological sustainability including community control over planning decisions and access to justice.

    Background:

    In the second reading of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Bill Amendment Bill 2017, Mr Scott MacDonald, MLC stated:  “This Bill builds on the Government's agenda to cut red tape, and provide a faster and more flexible planning system for government and the communities we represent.”

    Cut red tape”… “faster and more flexible planning system”… these words are alarm bells for those concerned with thoroughness of assessment and dedication to genuine consultation, especially where concurrences are needed from other Departments on specialist areas of regulation.

    The second reading speech further spoke of “enhancements to community participation, increased strategic planning, improved design, and provided more efficient approvals from New South Wales agencies and an improved compliance framework to ensure the approved works are actually the works constructed.”

    These are just some of the questions that will be addressed at this seminar:

    • How would the Minister judge whether a Modification is of “minimal environmental impact”?
    • What are the new provisions for public notification of reasons for planning decisions and how will community views be taken into account?
    • What do you need to know about the new Community Participation Plans?
    • How will the penalties under the Act change?

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    Sydney Seminar: The New NSW Planning Laws
    Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 01:00 PM · 47 rsvps
    Harold Park Community Hall in Forest Lodge, Australia

    This seminar, organised by the Better Planning Network, will look at the revised NSW planning laws that became operational in March 2018, with a specific focus on changes to urban planning processes. RSVPs essential. Entry by donation at the door.

    Presentation by Ms Jemilah Hallinan, Outreach Director, NSW Environmental Defender's Office

    Background:

    In the second reading of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Bill Amendment Bill 2017, Mr Scott MacDonald, MLC stated:  “This Bill builds on the Government's agenda to cut red tape, and provide a faster and more flexible planning system for government and the communities we represent.”

    Cut red tape”… “faster and more flexible planning system”… these words are alarm bells for those concerned with thoroughness of assessment and dedication to genuine consultation, especially where concurrences are needed from other Departments on specialist areas of regulation.

    The second reading speech further spoke of “enhancements to community participation, increased strategic planning, improved design, and provided more efficient approvals from New South Wales agencies and an improved compliance framework to ensure the approved works are actually the works constructed.”

    These are just some of the questions that will be addressed at this seminar:

    • How would the Minister judge whether a Modification is of “minimal environmental impact”?
    • What are the new provisions for public notification of reasons for planning decisions and how will community views be taken into account?
    • What do you need to know about the new Community Participation Plans?
    • How will the penalties under the Act change?

     

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  • Donate

    Help fund the work we do

    Thank you for making a difference!

     

    BPN is a volunteer organisation, funded by supporters.  All donations are used to support the work BPN does. 

    Online donations are processed through PayPal, a secure online payment service.  This takes less than 2 minutes.

    Alternately you can make a deposit via EFT or Cheque.

    You can donate to Better Planning Network in a number of ways:

    1. To Make a donation directly from your bank directly to the BPN account deposit to: Better Planning Network Bank: Bank Australia BSB: 313140 A/C: 12146008 (This form of donation avoids BPN paying electronic banking charges).  
    2. To make a donation by cheque make the Cheque payable to the Better Planning Network and post to Better Planning Network, PO Box 137, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012.

    Remember to include your details so we can receipt you donation and say thank you.

    Better Planning Network is registered in Australia as a Not for Profit organisation, however donations are not tax deductable. We appreciate your support for the work BPN does.  Together we can make a difference!

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    News Archive

    Our news archive from our former website follows:

    The BPN News Archive contains news items from 2012 to 2014 from the former BPN website. We have kept these so there is an historical record of BPN's activities during this time and of the battle over the proposed New Planning System.

    Some of the links in the News archive may no longer work.

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