In October 2019, the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Hon Rob Stokes MP, asked the state’s Productivity Commissioner to conduct a review of the Independent Planning Commission NSW. The Terms of Reference for the Review are available here.
Mr Peter Achterstraat AM finalised his Review in December 2019, which examined, among other things, whether it is in the public interest to maintain an Independent Planning Commission (IPC) and the operations and processes of the Commission in the State’s planning framework.
On 1 February 2020, the Minister announced the NSW Government had accepted all the Review’s recommendations. Read the Review report here. The Minister’s media release is available here.
“The Commission has done a lot under the leadership of Professor O'Kane since it was established almost two years ago to increase transparency, foster greater community participation and build trust in our decision-making processes for state significant development in NSW,” Mr Duncan said.
“Significantly, the Review found that it is in the public interest to maintain the Commission as an independent decision-maker for the state’s most complex and contentious projects. It also made some very important recommendations relating to the Commission’s resourcing and operations.
“But we don’t shy away from the fact that there is still room for improvement, particularly around timeliness. Of paramount importance, though, is that our decisions are fair and legally robust.
“Moving to implement these recommendations in full will be key to establishing the Commission as an exemplar consent authority which is trusted by government, industry and the community to make planning decisions in the best interests of the State of New South Wales and its people,” Mr Duncan said.