New planning rules to boost farm businesses from 1 December

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New planning rules designed to make it easier for farmers to set up agritourism businesses will come into effect on 1 December 2022.

Agritourism is a growing sector for both the Australian and NSW economies and is expected to be worth $18.6 billion nationally by 2030. Agritourism opportunities can include farm stays, cafes, cellar doors, retreats, roadside stalls, fruit picking or small wedding venues.

The changes to planning rules include:

  • Simplifying planning terms to make it easier for farmers to know how they can use their land for new income streams.
  • New planning pathways to allow activities to be either fast-tracked for approval or exempted from approval requirements.
  • Landowners will be able to rebuild farm buildings destroyed by natural disasters without planning approval.
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