Project Status: In progress
Flexible regulations for businesses extended
The NSW Government has extended the date of temporary changes to the planning system until 31 March 2022.
In March 2020 the government amended the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act to include a new regulation allowing for a range of new ministerial orders in response to the pandemic.
The changes allow the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces to make an order for development to be carried out without the normal planning approval to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since then, the NSW Government has issued ministerial orders under the act including:
- extending retail trading, delivery and waste removal hours
- allowing home businesses to operate 24 hours a day
- providing more flexible conditions for takeaway food and beverage facilities, food trucks and dark kitchens
- allowing construction sites to operate the same hours on weekdays, weekends and public holidays
- permitting temporary pop-up cycleways within the City of Sydney local area
- allowing temporary vehicle sanitisation stations for the professional cleaning of taxis, ride share and community transport vehicles.
For full details visit the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.
What we’re doing
The City of Sydney and the NSW Government are creating new spaces for people walking and riding to allow for safer travel between workplaces, schools, health care and the city centre. These include 6 new pop-up cycleway connections.
These important new bike links, detailed below will enable people to ride and free up space on public transport and roads. This will help the community to return to work and local businesses safely, supporting NSW’s economic recovery.
We're working with Transport for NSW to install the cycleways as fast as we can. Unfortunately, this means we can’t consult the community like we normally do. We’ll consult the community on the future of the streets before anything becomes permanent.