Supporting the recovery and resilience of farm businesses and regional economies

Supporting the recovery and resilience of farm businesses and regional economies

Proposed amendments to NSW Planning Regulations

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is proposing to simplify the planning process and approval pathways for those who wish to do small business activities, such as agritourism, and low-impact agricultural development on NSW farms.

The proposed amendments will make it easier for farmers and graziers to establish new complementary businesses on their land, including:

  • supporting more farm stays by:

o             amending the existing definition of ‘farm stay accommodation’ in the Standard Instrument LEP Order, and

o             introducing an optional clause that councils can choose to adopt in their local plans to manage any impacts

  • enabling events on farms by introducing a new definition for ‘farm events’
  • facilitating farm gate businesses by introducing:

o             a new definition for ‘farm gate activities’, and

o             an optional clause that councils can choose to adopt in their local plans

  • introducing fast-track approval pathways, known as exempt and complying development, for these types of agritourism, provided certain development standards are met
  • allowing other low impact agricultural activities as exempt or complying development, such as small processing plants where certain development standards are met
  • making minor changes to existing planning controls to make them more effective, such as increasing the separation required for rural dwellings from intensive livestock agriculture, if carried out as complying development.

The amendments were developed in response to recommendations from stakeholders, including the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The agritourism amendments were developed in collaboration with the NSW Small Business Commission.

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