Planning and development

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

Planning for 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; and
  •   Carbon pollution and impacts of climate change.

The planning system should be designed to plan for the future, protect and manage our precious natural resources, and support communities and our way of life. NSW deserves a planning system that will provide positive and balanced environmental, social and economic outcomes for our state, now and into the future.

More information

NCC Planning Policy

Our Planning Policy outlines key principles that are integral for a NSW planning system that protects and enhances the natural environment and supports community wellbeing.

Community Charter for Good Planning

We’ve teamed up with organisations across NSW to develop the Community Charter for Good Planning, which sets out principles to achieve a better, fairer and more accountable planning system in NSW. You can add your name by visiting

Our Environment, Our Communities

Our report Our Environment, Our Communities discusses ways to integrate environmental outcomes and community engagement in the NSW Planning System.




Latest news


2 April 2019


Coalition downgrades Environment Department again

“The decision to downgrade the environment portfolio (again) and subsume it into a super-ministry with industry and development is par for the course from a government that has been at war with nature and environmental protection since it came to power in 2011,” Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.

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The good news for nature in 2018

Thank you for standing up for our koalas, forests, oceans and climate in 2018! We are proud to be a part of a movement that strives for a better world for everyone. Take a moment to celebrate what you've achieved as part of a community of passionate people who want nature to thrive.

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