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


8 March, 2012


Cost benefit analysis: the ace up the mining industry’s sleeve?

Essential information is missing from the draft regional land use plans released on Tuesday by the NSW government, leaving farmland and water at risk, according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

Planning and Development

2 September, 2013


Ashton case highlights failure of the planning system to protect human health and the environment

The Hunter Environment Lobby is in court today mounting a last bid to stop the expansion of a polluting and environmentally destructive coal mine at the edge Camberwell village northwest of Singleton.

Coal and gasPlanning and Development

2 September, 2013


Why the delay in gazetting the 2km CSG exclusion zones?

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is calling on Premier Barry O’Farrell to implement the promise he made in February to create 2km exclusion zone’s to protect communities and sensitive industries from CSG development.

Coal and gasPlanning and Development


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