NSW planning reform welcome, but challenges ahead


A White Paper outlining a new planning system for NSW could change Sydney for the
better, but only if it is accompanied by community engagement on a scale never before
seen in Australia, according to the Grattan Institute.

“This is a bold reform,” says Jane-Frances Kelly, Director of the Grattan Institute Cities
Program. “It offers the potential for long-term strategic planning, rather than having Sydney
develop in an ad hoc manner, as the result of street-by-street battles over particular

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