(Name withheld) , of  Winmalee NSW, made the following submission on the project:

Legislative Updates

Three years after the failed Planning Bill 2013, the NSW Government is proposing a number of significant changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. While it’s not a complete re-write of the planning system, there are some major changes proposed, some good and some bad.
Proposed changes include:
• Replacing the objects of the EPA Act with a new set of objects. The definition of ecologically sustainable development will be retained, but the object will be amended
• Introducing new requirements for community participation including community participation principles, the requirement for planning authorities to prepare a community participation plan and give reasons for decisions
• Moving towards standardising Development Control Plans
• Establishing local planning panels who can determine local development applications in place of local councils, including at the direction of the Minister
• Creating additional powers for the Secretary of the Department to ‘step into’ the shoes of concurrence agencies
• Changing the name and functions of the Planning Assessment Commission (which will become the Independent Planning Commission)
• Creating new internal review rights for proponents (but not equivalent rights for third parties)
• Ending transitional arrangements for Part 3A projects
Unfortunately, you the Government has failed to use this opportunity to address key concerns of environment and community groups that would deliver improved outcomes for the environment and communities. The environment cannot be sacrificed on the basis of development. The 2 must go hand in hand and while development should occur it should occur with genuine respect for and consideration for the environment, whether that be natural, historic etc.