Sydney Seminar: The New NSW Planning Laws

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


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?


August 11, 2018 at 1pm - 3:30pm
Harold Park Community Hall
1 Dalgal Way
Forest Lodge, NSW 2037
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Will you come?