The new planning system is now on hold until next year (2014).
After two and a half years of public consultation the Planning Bill 2013 (Planning Bill) and Planning Administration Bill 2013 (Planning Administration Bill) were introduced into the NSW Parliament in mid-October 2013. The Bills passed the Lower House on Wednesday 30 October 2013 and were introduced to the Upper House on the same day. The Planning Bill faced difficulties in the Upper House and a significant number of amendments were proposed. The amended Bill then went back to the Lower House for concurrence. On 28 November 2013 the Lower House made the decision to defer the debate on the Planning Bill until the Parliament sits again in 2014.
The State government has also committed to further consultation before the NSW Parliament reconsiders the Planning Bill in 2014.