The State Government has announced a milestone achievement in the continuing planning reform agenda.

On 31 August 2015, consultation drafts of new planning reform bills and supporting material will be made available for community consultation.  You can have your say on the proposed reform by making a submission by 9 October 2015.

Whilst no detail has been announced, it is encouraging to see the planning reform agenda progress. 

Since our previous planning reform update which considered private member bills for planning reform (read it here), evidence of the ongoing commitment to planning reform has been demonstrated by:

  • bipartisan support for the consideration of planning reform in a comprehensive and coordinated way;
  • reduced potential for stakeholder confusion by removing the major parties’ competing planning reform proposals in play at the same time;
  • the allocation of $59 million to planning reform over the next 4 years in the recent State budget, including provision for support for local governments to implement the reform.

We expect that planning and development industry:

  • is eager to consider the consultation drafts of the Government’s planning reform bills;
  • appreciates that previous and comprehensive consultation has not been lost;
  • looks forward to the ongoing reform process being completed and new laws implemented to achieve certainty in the State’s planning process and facilitate economically sustainable development.