New laws have now been passed to increase housing supply in NSW, according to planning and infrastructure minister Brad Hazzard.
Reinvigorating housing supply through tougher controls on private certification is one part of the new laws, said Mr Hazzard.
“Following the introduction of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill to Parliament in October, the NSW government consulted heavily with local councils, community and industry groups who had supported the majority of the Bill but expressed concerns about changes to Development Control Plans (DCPs) and heritage provisions,” he said of the process.
The new law changes include clarifying the process for releasing existing ‘paper subdivisions’ for urban development and increasing the powers of the Building Professionals Board.
There will also be a single approval for development at subdivision stages.
“The government proposed amendments to ensure heritage areas will continue to be protected and that planning controls in certain DCPs would be safeguarded.
“The Bill delivers on the government’s agenda to remove time-wasting planning duplications, improve affordability and ensure greater housing supply for NSW.
“These changes will remove conflicts between Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) and DCPs which have contributed to roadblocks delivering housing,” Mr Hazzard said.