Infrastructure SEPP amendments
The Infrastructure SEPP sets out the planning rules and controls for infrastructure in NSW.
The department regularly reviews and updates the Infrastructure SEPP to make sure the planning rules support improvements to infrastructure in NSW.
As part of these ongoing improvements, the NSW Government has proposed changes to the rules for where renewable energy projects can be built.
The new rules will ensure renewable energy projects are built in the right places, to allow room for regional cities to grow and develop. This will safeguard vital land needed to make regional cities more liveable, while supporting the future of renewable energy.
The proposed changes will amend the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 to require consent authorities to consider if a proposed development will:
- conflict with existing or approved uses of the land, such as land zoned for residential use
- significantly impact or conflict with land needed to support the growth of a regional city (identified in local and regional strategic plans or on the advice of the relevant council)
- significantly impact the scenic quality and landscape of the regional city
The explanation of intended effect (EIE) was on exhibition from 13 September until 11 October 2021.
Thank you to everyone who made a submission. All feedback will be considered and inform the final decision on changes to the Infrastructure SEPP.