The Government is committed to ensuring a planning system that is straightforward for users and ensures high-quality decisions and planning outcomes.
In 2016, we commenced extensive consultation with planning stakeholders to devise improvements to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the EP&A Act), with a focus on the following areas:
Enhancing community participation: establishing a new part of the Act that consolidates community consultation provisions, and requiring decision-makers to give reasons for their decisions
Completing the strategic planning framework: through local strategic planning statements, up to date Local Environment Plans and more consistent and workable Development Control Plans
Development pathways: improvements to the various development pathways and preventing the misuse of modifications
State significant development: through better environmental impact assessment and more effective conditions of consent
Clearer building provisions: simplified and consolidated building provisions, allowing conditions on construction certificates and ensuring consistency with development approvals
Elevating the role of design: through a new design object in the act, and a Design-Led Planning Strategy
Improving enforcement: with the introduction of enforceable undertakings in compliance actions.
Your feedback can play a vital role in helping to plan for the updates that need to occur to the EP&A Act.
We have made an exposure draft Bill available for public comment.
For further information, please call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Making a submission
We value your input into the planning process and look forward to reading your submission. Please follow the steps below to make a submission online.
1. Read the Department's Privacy Statement
Your personal information is protected under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act). The Department collects personal information in submissions for the purposes set out in the Department's Privacy Statement.
We respect your right to privacy. Before lodging your submission you will be asked to confirm that you have read the terms of the Privacy Statement, which sets out:
- how personal information is defined under the PPIP Act - it includes but is not limited to your name, address, and email address;
- the purposes for which the department collects personal information; and
- how personal information collected by the department will be used.
2. Decide whether to include your personal information in your submission
(a) When you make a submission we will publish:
the content of your submission and any attachments - including any personal information about you which you have chosen to include in those documents
a list of submitters, which will include:
- your name (unless you request your name be withheld from the list by ticking the relevant box below)
- your suburb or town
(b) If you wish to maintain your privacy in this submission process you must:
request your name be withheld from the list of submitters by ticking the relevant box in the form below, and
not include any of your personal information in your submission or attachments.
We will not publish offensive, threatening, defamatory or other inappropriate material.
3. Fill in the online submission form
To make an online submission, please fill in the following fields. Those marked with an asterisk "*" are mandatory.