UDIA NSW Submission to Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021
Whilst the review is long overdue, UDIA considers that the scope of proposed changes is rather minimalist and provides limited opportunity to address some of the fundamental regulatory constraints embedded in the NSW planning system. Under our 2019 Make Planning Work policy, we requested that the NSW planning system should have a predictable process and timeframe and dictated by a principle of “no surprises”. UDIA considers that the review has not gone far enough, and we will further advocate for inclusion of those matters not covered in the draft Regulations. These include the prescribed contents of planning proposals, the role and legal weight of non-statutory plans, and proponent-led rezonings.