What has happened so far?
The State Government are currently undertaking a range of reforms to the planning system.
The State government has proposed changes to the planning framework affecting schools and child care centres. A draft State Environmental Planning Policy has been prepared and is currently on exhibition for public comment until April 7.
Background to Review of EP&A Act
In 2012/13, the State Government underwent an extensive review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). This included a Green Paper in 2012, a White Paper in 2013 followed by a Planning Bill 2013 – Exposure Draft presented to Parliament. The Bill failed to become legislation partly due to sustained community objection to a number of reforms, including the proposed introduction of what was called “code assessable development”.
The Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) is a new agency created by the State Government. The GSC are responsible for implementing the State’s metropolitan plan, A Plan for Growing Sydney and developing District Plans for Sydney’s six districts.
Council has resolved to exhibit a draft Section 94A Development Contributions Plan 2016 to replace the current Section 94A Development Contributions Plan 2012. Section 94A Contributions are payments made by persons undertaking development work to help fund the provision of public facilities.