Community participation is an essential part of the State Significant Development (SSD) process.
All SSD development applications (DAs) must be exhibited for at least 28 days.
This acknowledges that SSD projects are large, complex and can have major economic, environmental and social impacts and gives the community a right to have a say on these projects before any final decision is made.
During the exhibition period, the Department will:
- publish the DA and EIS online
- make copies of the EIS available at the local council’s offices and Service NSW centres
- notify and advertise the public exhibition in accordance with the requirements in the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 and associated Regulation.
The Department may also hold a community information session to explain the SSD assessment process and get a better understanding of community views on the project.
During the exhibition period, anyone can make a written submission on the DA.
These submissions should be made online.
People can also subscribe for updates on the progress of the DA.