Port Stephens Council finalist in Local Government NSW Awards

Port Stephen

Council’s ‘Revamping Rezoning’ project has been announced as a finalist in the Local Government NSW Planning Awards.

New housing development in Port Stephens

Strategic Planning Co-ordinator Brett Gardiner says the announcement acknowledges Council is an active regional leader and innovator in the planning and delivery of housing.

“Port Stephens Council is committed to actively addressing the regional housing affordability crisis and unlocking housing supply in Port Stephens.

“The ‘Revamping Rezoning’ project is a two year planning reform initiative to support improved decision making and provide applicants with clearer guidance and quicker pathways to approval.

“The changes have reduced the backlog of rezonings by 60%, fast-tracked land release in our growth areas, and achieved greater transparency for applicants and our community” he said.

Development Services Group Manager Steven Peart says the project has also increased transparency for proponents, invited community participation earlier in the rezoning process and ultimately improved relationships with the development industry.

“In September, we presented our rezoning reforms at a Hunter Joint Organisation Regional Planning Industry workshop, identifying lessons arising from our reforms and potential opportunities for broader application in the Hunter region.

“This nomination is evidence that Port Stephens Council is an innovative and forward thinking place to work – if you want to drive innovation, we want you” he said.

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