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Draft Architecture and Design Policy for NSW

“Good design is critical to creating liveable, productive, sustainable and resilient communities, and we want to champion good design through a new policy and give it weight through legislative changes,” NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes.

As part of a strategy to promote good design, the Minister for Planning Rob Stokes has announced the draft Architecture and Design Policy for NSW at our most recent event. The draft policy outlines design quality and processes to achieve effective design outcomes.

Architects and urban designers from across Australia and the world have been enlisted to collaborate on a new strategy to deliver high quality urban design and better places for people across NSW.

The draft policy, aimed at architects and the planning and development community, will set out the principles and directions essential to creating great places.

Australian and International experts attending the 2016 Sydney Architecture Festival over the October long weekend were involved in a peer review workshop to gain input and feedback on the draft policy.

The draft policy lays the foundation for a design led planning strategy being developed by the NSW Government Architect. The strategy will provide detailed guidance to support good design outcomes and introduce a range of new initiatives including establishing a NSW State Design Advisory Panel to consider key state significant projects, ensuring good design informs the development of these projects from the outset and throughout the design and assessment process.

Over the next few months we will be seeking feedback from government, industry and community in response to the draft policy. If you would like to be involved, please contact us.

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