Planning and development

Land-use planning and development is intrinsically linked with environmental protection, nature conservation and natural resource management.

Planning law must protect the environment and communities

Effective planning can protect wildlife habitat, water resources, farmland and urban settlements, and can help us tackle some of our most pressing environmental challenges, including:

  • loss and fragmentation of native vegetation and wildlife habitat
  • degradation of rivers, wetlands and water catchments
  • urban sprawl, traffic congestion and urban air pollution
  • carbon pollution and impacts of climate change

We believe the planning system should be about planning for the future, protecting and managing our precious natural resources, supporting communities and our way of life. New South Wales deserves a planning system that will provide positive and balanced environmental, social and economic outcomes for our state, now and into the future.

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Latest news


27 May, 2014


Rezoning review a test of government’s commitment to better planning and corruption prevention

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) has welcomed today’s announcement that the NSW Government will review a controversial planning process that allows developers to challenge council planning decisions by appealing to the state government.

Planning and Development


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