The reduction in processing time for SSD applications will be achieved through the introduction of:
- clear timeframes for certain assessment processes
- clearer guidance to the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) on the application of government policies, and
- the appointment of case managers to manage planning applications.
The timeframes are not enshrined in law and the proposed changes do not include deemed approval provisions, so it remains to be seen whether the reforms will result in a significant reduction in processing times for SSD applications.