E Planning Helping Local Homeowners

E Planning Helping Local Homeowners

Homeowners and builders in the Port Macquarie electorate are saving time and money by accessing planning tools at the click of a button as part of a NSW Government program, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said today.

“The Electronic Housing Code (EHC) has been in place for some time and allows development proposals to be prepared, lodged and tracked online.

“The O’Farrell Government’s landmark reforms will continue the trend towards streamlining development decisions andbring the NSW planning system into the 21st Century,” Mrs Williams said.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is among 34 councils currently using the system and was part of the EHC pilot program.

“At the click of a button, mum and dad property owners can find out what is possible on their land and get fast-tracked approval for eligible projects,” Mrs Williams said.

“Local homeowners and builders will benefit from a faster, simpler and more user-friendly system.

“EHC lets property owners find out what is possible on their land without having to wade through hundreds of pages of complex documents,” Mrs Williams said.

EHC allows people to:
Find out whether they are eligible to undertake exempt development (no planning approval required) or compliant development (certifier can approve within 10 days) on their property; and Prepare, lodge and track applications online.
Common complying development types include home extensions, new homes, swimming pools and garages.

NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard said it’s anticipated that 80 councils will be live on the EHC by June next year.

Mr Hazzard said the Planning Bill, recently introduced into Parliament, makes provision for a NSW planning database.

“This means that, for the first time, the availability of online planning information in NSW will be enshrined in legislation and supported by a range of user-friendly tools, such as the EHC,” he said.

For more information, visit www.ehc.nsw.gov.au

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