Published on Apr 20, 2021

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Cessnock businesses are being encouraged to ‘Have their say’ on complying development changes to employment lands.

The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Spokes announced proposed changes to the State Environmental Planning policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP.)

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has identified changes to Codes SEPP aimed at streamlining assessment processes for industrial and commercial development that could unlock as much as $4.85 billion of annual economic benefit in investment in just one year.

It is all about encouraging new investment and assisting business to grow and adapt to build business back better.

Complying development is a great way for businesses to save time and money on straightforward development without the need for lengthy planning approvals provided they meet rules set out in the code.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has commissioned research into ways to support the recovery of business following the COVID-19 pandemic and address longer-term changes in the economic environment.

Research shows changes to complying development pathways is a simple and effective way to support industrial and commercial investment in existing employment land zones.

Four key areas have been identified to encourage investment and job generating development through strengthening complying development which include:

  • Enabling land use and businesses agility for retail, commercial and industrial development reducing barriers in utilising existing space.
  • Optimising opportunities for industrial and commercial development.
  • Neighbourhood centre activation, strengthening our increasingly important networks.
  • Streamlining the delivery of data centres to support networks.

In addition to the ongoing stakeholder engagement program, the Department has prepared an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) on the proposed complying development pathway changes to employment lands, view here: Explanation of Intended Effect.

If you wish to have your say on the matter, feedback is welcomed on the proposed changes during public exhibition until 9 May 2021.  Please submit your feedback using the online on the NSW Planning Portal.

For more information, visit Building Business Back Better.