Urgent: Submissions on NSW planning needed today!
Right now, the O’Farrell government is proposing sweeping changes to the state’s planning and environment laws.
These changes, if enacted, would fast track more than 80% of developments, including commercial buildings, apartment blocks and land subdivisions and scrap three of the four existing environmental protection zones.
As if that weren’t enough, the proposed changes aim to place industries above the law by restricting community legal challenges to large development projects like coal mines and gas fields.
These reforms represent the most significant backward step in public participation and environment protection in a generation.
It is critical that the government hears from people that support a system that puts environmental outcomes and community rights at the centre of development decisions. Make your voice heard today!
The public submission period for the planning reforms ends this Friday, 28 June, so be sure to send an email now. Your letter will be sent to Premier Barry O’Farrell and Planning Minister Brad Hazzard, with a copy sent to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
Our state deserves a planning system that provides protection for our environment and our communities, holds decision makers accountable and restores community rights to appeal bad planning decisions.
This is an essential time to speak up for reforms that put the people and environment of NSW above the narrow interests of the developers and industry.