The NSW planning system is becoming more transparent and simpler to navigate with the creation of new community participation plans for planning authorities across the state.
Acting Deputy Secretary, Policy and Strategy, Elizabeth Kinkade, said the Department of Planning and Environment’s draft Community Participation Plan is now on exhibition for feedback from the community, councils and industry.
“Planning decisions can be as small as an upgrade to your neighbour’s house or as complex as a new suburb being planned and built from scratch,” Ms Kinkade said.
“No matter how big or small, it’s important that the people of NSW know how and when they can have their say on what is going on in their local area, city and state.
“Community participation is an integral part of the planning system, and these plans will clarify how and when the community can participate in the planning system,” she said.
The plans are guided by community participation principles that focus on meaningful engagement, participation in all planning matters, accessibility and inclusion and transparent decision making.
They will make planning processes clearer and contribute to ensuring local voices are heard.
The Community Participation Plans are part of a suite of amendments made to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act that came into effect in March this year.
Once finalised, the Department’s plan will act as an example for local councils and other planning authorities when creating their own community participation plans.
To view the Department’s draft Community Participation Plan and provide feedback, see our website.