THE Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has cautioned the state government against going too far in the opposite direction when reconsidering its new proposed planning laws.
The organisation's president, Tony Hadchiti, said most councils were relieved proposals that would have reduced its control over local planning may be removed.
"But we have to be careful that we don't throw out the baby with the bath water," Cr Hadchiti said.
"We all have to be willing to step back and look at the longer term strategic picture."
He said the big question was where the extra one million people expected to move into western Sydney over the next two decades would live.
"If every council resists change and opposes medium or higher density housing, the only alternative will be endless new housing estates and greater urban sprawl," Cr Hadchiti said.
"It would cost billions more for extra transport infrastructure, putting extra pressure on already stretched resources."
He said it also meant greater distances and longer commute times and "the loss of valuable green space" and would accelerate the threat to agriculture.