Transforming planning for 21st Century

Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today encouraged local homeowners and businesses to take advantage of new online planning tools, which will make the planning system faster and simpler.

The new ePlanning tools are now live, bringing the State’s planning system into the digital age to help plan for a growing NSW.

“Too many local people have told me the planning system is tough to navigate,” Mr Provest said.

“That’s why I’m pleased the NSW Government has invested in making the planning system simpler and more convenient.

The new ePlanning tools include:

• Planning Viewer – to show the planning rules that apply to properties in NSW where a standard Local Environmental Plan has been adopted
• Interactive buildings – users will be able to click on an interactive 3D image model of a standard home, commercial or industrial property and understand in plain English what development standards apply and what work can be undertaken as exempt development.
• Local Insights – to see a range of useful planning related statistics and projections at a council level and the location of current development applications where available, from mobile devices, tablets or computers.

The NSW Government has also been working with councils to:

• Expand the Electronic Housing Code to 89 council areas. This tool allows users submit complying development applications online.
• Enable all NSW councils to offer residents the ability to track development applications online, through grant funding.

The first release of these versions of the ePlanning tools can be accessed at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/eplanning