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A PRELIMINARY REVIEW OF PLANNING REFORM AND THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AMENDMENT BILL 2020

May 21, 2020

Rowe Group commends the State Government on the contemplated changes to legislation, regulation and policy items proposed for the short term to assist the property sector in the economic recovery from COVID-19.  Our firm has been anticipating these important initiatives which are now proposed in the form of the Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2020 (‘The Bill’). The Bill reflects the ongoing planning reform work being pursued by the State Government.

Rowe Group looks forward to continuing to update our clients and colleagues and provides this preliminary review of the Bill in the interim. It should of course be recognised that the Bill has been introduced into Parliament and will be subject to normal debate, potential modification and ultimate Assent before becoming active. We remind our clients and colleagues to be aware that the content of the Bill is subject to change and to consider our review in this context.

As we continue to review the State Government’s Planning Reform initiatives in detail, we wanted to share with you some of our preliminary notes and observations. The Bill as proposed represents an urgent response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while also seeking to implement long term changes to the planning system.

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