The NSW Department of Planning & Environment has launched a new digital tool in its ePlanning Program, in a bid to transform paper-based and face-to-face transactions to an online environment.
ePlanning is the term being used to describe the use of technology in the delivery of planning and development services, such as the:
- online lodgement and tracking of applications;
- ability to view planning information on a web-based interactive map; and
- provision of new ways for stakeholders to engage with the planning process.
An Interactive Buildings tool created by Bienalto, which helps homeowners and businesses understand what development standards apply to their property, and what work can be undertaken to their properties as exempt development, is the latest addition to the NSW Government’s ePlanning services.
Low impact development, such as fences, barbeques, driveways and sheds, are often classified as exempt development and do not require any further planning or building approvals.
Users are able to click on an interactive 3D image model of a residential, commercial or industrial property and be guided through information about development standards for common building works that require no further planning approvals. The Interactive Building tool also allows users to understand any restrictions that may apply to property development.
The tool aims to eliminate red tape by improving awareness of development standards for renovations or minor works in a clear, visual format. It will also work in concert with other ePlanning tools to speed up approval processes, increase transparency, and save time in the development process for homeowners and businesses.
Managing director of Bienalto, Hurol Inan, said, “These tools have been designed to run across multiple browsers and devices, allowing users to access them whenever it is convenient.”
The NSW ePlanning System has been allocated $0.9 million in the 2014-15 NSW Budget, with a further $14.1 million allocated from 2015 to 2018.