Tighter time-frames for planning commission

The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission will have 12 weeks to decide whether to approve controversial developments and mining projects, as part of the government's push to ensure timely decision-making.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting the three-month timeframe will now apply to all projects for which the commission must hold public hearings, not just the controversial Narrabri Gas Project which was capped at 12 weeks earlier this year.

The commission will be given eight weeks to determine projects that need only a public meeting, while uncontroversial projects that do not require any public hearings or meetings must be decided in five weeks.

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