David Hopkinson , of  Katoomba NSW, made the following submission on the project:

Legislative Updates

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 continues to favour developers and big business, and fails to deliver positive outcomes for the environment and communities.

I generally support proposals that will improve community participation and strategic planning. However, I oppose proposals that will override important environmental protections, reduce transparent decision making and limit local planning powers, including:

New ‘step in’ powers for the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment;
The introduction of additional internal review rights for proponents, with little transparency or equivalent rights for the community or public interest; and
Provisions that would allow the Minister to require local planning panels to make decisions in place of local councils.

The Bill also fails to address several key environmental and community concerns, including providing absolute protection for areas of high conservation value, strengthening the rules around biodiversity offsetting and requiring decision makers to better consider and respond to the impacts of climate change.

Yours sincerely,