TAMWORTH Regional Council’s response to the NSW planning green paper will be discussed by councillors tonight, before a submission is sent to the state government for consideration.
A report being presented tonight, compiled by TRC’s director of planning and community services Jackie Kruger, manager of strategic planning Genevieve Harrison and manager of development and approvals David Lewis informs councillors of the proposed changes to the state’s
32-year-old planning system and what council believes are appropriate suggestions, questions and criticisms of the proposed new scheme.
On July 14 this year the state government released “A New Planning System for New South Wales Green Paper”, outlining the major changes in key areas of the planning system. It is likely to result in planning re-form across a number of areas including: community involvement, preparing good policy, reducing red tape and ensuring infrastructure is planned and delivered to support new and existing communities.
The councils suggestions listed in the report, if supported by councillors, will include the establishing of e-tools that will simplify community access to planning information and processes; placing an increased emphasis on upfront strategic planning; abolishing concurrent development; and recommending local government be represented on all regional and sub-regional planning boards should they be introduced.
Local councils have until October 5 to make submissions in response to the green paper.
After the council feedback has been considered – with comment provided by the general public – the state government will release a white paper providing more detail on how the new system is likely to be implemented.