NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program

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NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program

The NSW Government has released guidelines for the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program offering up to $5.5 million for local space in LGAs that can demonstrate they will improve planning assessment timeframes. 

 To be eligible for funding the council must make a commitment to accelerate its median assessment timeframe for development applications by 20% between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021. The improvement target is to be benchmarked against evidence of councils’ assessment performance over the past 2-3 years. 

 Councils will also be required to: 

  • Identify regionally significant development applications that have been in the planning system for more than 180 days and commit to their determination by 31 December 2020 
  • Provide an outline plan for accelerating rezoning to help deliver a 33% reduction in rezoning timeframes 
  • Metropolitan Sydney councils will need to show how they will update their LEP to ensure there is 6-10 years of housing or employment supply capacity.

Read the guidelines here.