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NSW Government Planning Portal now in place

Residents seeking Council approval for a local development or wanting to keep up to date with local building matters can now do it all online anywhere, anytime, with the NSW Government’s new Planning Portal.

“Our communities will be able to stay up to date with accurate planning information from the comfort of their homes throughout the coronavirus pandemic with local planning matter now updated on the NSW Government Planning Portal,” said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd. “These changes ensure our local development applications and planning processes can continue throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 has been amended to remove the requirement on councils to notify planning processes or applications in local newspapers, and now require them to advertise these matters on Council’s website or on the NSW Government’s Planning Portal.

To ensure alignment, the Local Government (General) Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 was also made under the Local Government Act 1993. This ensures a consistent approach under both Acts to the requirements for councils to advertise certain matters.

“These changes to the Regulation not only allow for online publishing of essential information, but also allows Council the additional flexibility to use alternative methods to release planning information to the public. This is particularly important for communities in areas where internet access might be limited,” said Cr Todd.

“These changes to keep planning processes continuing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic help ensure continued work for both the construction industry. It is important to keep a pipeline of local construction progressing during, and as we exit this pandemic, securing a range of local jobs for our community members," concluded Cr Todd.

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Last Updated: 14 May 2020

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