Making local plans that work

NSW deserves a contemporary planning system that is modern, efficient and responsive. And, a root to branch overhaul of local planning is critical to boosting jobs and homes on the ground.

In 2006, the State Government established a standard template for the development of Local Environmental Plans (LEPs).

The aim was to deliver a consistent framework for councils to give effect to strategic planning; and to reinforce the role of development control plans (DCPs) as guiding principles to LEPs for DAs.

However, the full desired effect to better deliver growth has not been realised, A hereditary culture within local planning persists where DCPs are prescribed above and beyond their' rule of thumb' purpose. This has resulted in the unintended consequences of increasing over-regulation and cruelled housing supply.