Better Planning Network (BPN) is a state-wide Not for Profit, grassroots volunteer-based organisation. Founded in 2012, today BPN has a network of over 450 member and affiliated groups across NSW.
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 and organisations. You can also join our network as an individual supporter. Click here to find out more.