Exhibition

Department of Planning & Environment

Review of Complying Development in Greenfield Areas

The NSW Government is seeking your feedback on the Background Paper - A Review of Complying Development in Greenfield Areas and Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for a proposed new Greenfield Housing Code.

We’re committed to speeding up the delivery of new homes in new land release (greenfield) areas to meet the needs of NSW’s growing population and improve housing affordability.

Complying development is a streamlined planning and building approval which allows the construction of one and two storey homes and associated development, such as swimming pools and balconies, provided they comply with the pre-determined development standards in State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP).

In 2014/2015, complying development certificates were issued on average in 20 days. Promoting the fast-tracked complying development approval pathway saves homeowners time and money.

The Background Paper covers three key initiatives:

• recommendations to overcome barriers to using complying development in greenfield areas (for example delays with obtaining other approvals and the inability to carry out complying development on unregistered lots);
• guidance on well-designed subdivisions for greenfield areas;
• simplified and tailored development standards for complying development under a new Greenfield Housing Code.

The proposed Greenfield Housing Code, is detailed in the EIE and will form part of the State policy for exempt and complying development. The simplified standards have been tailored to suit the requirements in greenfield areas, accommodating narrower lot widths, simplifying setbacks for ground and upper levels and allowing double garages on 10m wide lots.

A simplified and tailored Greenfield Housing Code will make it easier and cheaper for people to find or build homes to suit their lifestyles, and help grow the economy by providing a boost to the housing industry and the wider NSW economy.

The Code also ensures greenfield areas are leafier and more environmentally friendly by including landscaping requirements for complying developments.

The Department also proposes developing a set of master planning and subdivision guidelines for greenfield areas to be used by councils to inform their own Development Control Plans and by applicants to provide details on developing well-designed subdivisions and masterplans.

We welcome your feedback on the proposed Greenfield Housing Code, and in which new release areas it should apply.. Submissions can be made until 16 June 2017:
• online using the submission form below
• by email to: codes@planning.nsw.gov.au
• by mail to: Director, Codes and Approval Pathways, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, GPO Box 39, Sydney, NSW 2001
Attachments & Resources
Key dates and other information
Exhibition Commences 16/05/2017
Exhibition Concludes 16/06/2017
Exhibition Location Department of Planning and Environment, 320 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000 • www.planning.nsw.gov.au/proposals
Relevant Legislation State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008
Exhibiting agency or agencies Department of Planning and Environment
Type Policies
Local Government Area Statewide
Making a submission

We value your input into the planning process and look forward to reading your submission. Please follow the steps below to make a submission online.

1. Read the Department's Privacy Statement

Your personal information is protected under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act). The Department collects personal information in submissions for the purposes set out in the Department's Privacy Statement.

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