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  PLANNING GONE MAD  A STORY ABOUT THE NSW PLANNING SYSTEM…  AND HOW IT DRIVES APPLICANTS CRAZY  The Voice  of Leadership  Published May 2012 The Property Council of Australia represents the leading developers, financiers, owners and managers of investment property in Australia. Our membership also includes all major construction, professional and trade services suppliers working within the property sector.Level 1, 11 Barrack StreetSydney NSW 2000 Telephone: 02 9033 1900  This body of work was prepared with the kind assistance of JBA Urban Planning Consultants  PROLOGUE  The Liberal National Coalition came to power in March 2011 with a sweeping mandate to review and reform the State’s planning system with a focus on ‘returning local planning powers to local communities’. The following story – Planning Gone Mad  – is a fictionalised account of the development assessment process as it currently operates in NSW. It is intended as a ‘cautionary tale’ – a warning from the users of the planning system, both big and small, against progressing reform options which do not address the ingrained culture of poor implementation, lacklustre customer service and absence of accountability at the local government level.What makes Planning Gone Mad compelling is the fact that is it faithfully informed by the first hand experiences of Property Council members. In every sense of the term, ‘this is a story based on true events’.We want to put on record the dangers of implementing a new planning system without first intervening to address the local government sector’s growing ‘blind spot’ to facilitating innovation and growth, the desire and ability of local government planners to place all development into a straightjacket, and the growing NIMBY movement’s capacity to frustrate legitimate development proposals. Without resolving these issues first, the new planning system will do little to improve the attractiveness of NSW as a place to do business.It is hoped that this story, and the accompanying examples, will confirm to all policy and decision makers that the planning system in NSW has, indeed, gone mad, and encourage them to take the steps needed at the local government level to ensure the new NSW planning system does not suffer a similar fate. PROPERTY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA   PLANNING GONE MAD 3 HAVE YOUR SAY   Tell us your own mad planning storiesGo to  SNAP SHOT NSW ISN’T OPEN FOR BUSINESS Proponents are told their proposed development would be better on a site they don’t own…Pre-lodgement meetings come with a thousand dollar price tag… LOCAL PLANNING CONTROLS ARE RIDICULOUS Councils are compiling DCPs which are over 1,000 pages long… Resources are wasted drafting definitions for ‘horses’… IT IS A BATTLE TO EVEN LODGE AN  APPLICATION Proponents are turned away as there is no one available to receive and sign off their application… Applications cost over $1000 to print and multiple copies are being requested… PROPERTY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA   PLANNING GONE MAD 4 PLANNING GONE MAD
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