Online planning tools simplify system: Andrew Constance

HOMEOWNERS and businesses are being encouraged to take advantage of new online planning tools, which will make the planning system faster and simpler.

The new ePlanning tools went live this week, bringing the state’s planning system into the digital age.

 “Too many local people have told me the planning system is tough to navigate,” Member for Bega Andrew Constance said.

 “That’s why I’m pleased the NSW Government has invested in making the planning system simpler and more convenient.

 “Using these tools could save homeowners and businesses precious time and money by making the planning system more accessible from home, from work or while out and about via a smartphone or tablet.”

The new ePlanning tools include:

Planning Viewer – to show the planning rules that apply to properties in NSW where a standard Local Environmental Plan has been adopted.

Interactive buildings – users will be able to click on an interactive 3D image model of a standard home, commercial or industrial property and understand in plain English what development standards apply and what work can be undertaken as exempt development.

Local Insights – to see a range of useful planning related statistics and projections at a council level and the location of current development applications where available, from mobile devices, tablets or computers.

“These tools will transform the planning system and drive it into the digital age,” Mr Constance said.

“I’m keen to hear feedback from anyone who uses the new tools about how we can make them even better.”

The first release of these versions of the ePlanning tools will can be accessed at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/eplanning.

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