Review of Governance in the NSW Planning System: Nick Kaldas 2018
Decision makers in all planning systems are often required to make a determination between private rights and the public interest. Planning can be a divisive portfolio with many competing tensions. From my research into planning systems of other jurisdictions, it was clear to me that the tension that is evident in the NSW system is not unique. People are understandably emotional when dealing with the impact of development on their homes, families, communities, and livelihood, and there will no doubt be many instances in the planning system where decisions are made that do not make all stakeholders happy. There is an often-made point that the NSW planning system has evolved into an extremely complicated, slow system.