It will be mandatory for NSW metropolitan councils to use the NSW government’s e-planning and reporting system from next year.
The aim of this decision is to cut red tape and reduce assessment times, and to put a spotlight on both state and local government to ensure planning is being done in a timely way.
It currently takes twice as long to have a DA processed in NSW as it does in Victoria and three times as long as in Queensland.
The government also plans to “supercharge” new hubs across the state and remove uncertainty around developer contributions to boost investment in 2020.
Councils should start reviewing their existing DA assessment processes in preparation for the move to the e-planning and reporting system.