Uncertainty around planning processes a concern: experts

Uncertainty around planning processes a concern: experts

Posted on Friday, June 14 2013 at 4:18 PM

Despite 11,000 new dwelling approvals in New South Wales this financial year, the Urban Taskforce says delays in the implementation of a new planning process could result in a housing supply shortfall in the years ahead.

In 2011 the NSW Government repealed Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
and determined to fast-track the remaining transitional Part 3A applications by
June 2013.

Additional funding to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure was
allocated in a bid to streamline the approvals process for outstanding
development applications. However, Urban Taskforce chief executive officer
Chris Johnson says with the June 2013 deadline for Part 3A projects now coming
to an end and a new planning system in the implementation phase, delays could
be inevitable.

“The Urban Taskforce is concerned that the new planning system could
take two years to implement down to the local plan level and that without Part
3A project approvals, housing supply in NSW could go backwards,” Johnson says.

“What’s desperately needed is an interim strategy to drive housing
supply that fills the void from Part 3A projects and the likely void while the
new planning system works its way through the four levels of plans with their
greater amount of community involvement.

“It’s essential that the recent uplift in housing approvals and
completions continues and this will need strong state government leadership,”
Johnson says.

To view a planning and infrastructure fact sheet on Part 3A projects click here.

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