What is a preferred infrastructure report (PIR)?
A preferred infrastructure report is prepared if the Planning Secretary requests changes to a state significant infrastructure (SSI) application.
It includes information from the applicant on the assessment of the economic, environmental and social impacts of the proposed changes to the project. The report helps the community, government agencies and the approval authority understand the implications of these changes.
When is a PIR needed?
A PIR is usually requested if the Planning Secretary identifies that changes are needed to address issues raised during the exhibition period, or identified in the detailed assessment of the project.
Applicants are asked to prepare and submit a PIR to:
- propose changes to minimise the environmental impact of the project
- address other issues raised during the assessment of the application
For more information on PIRs go to section 5.17 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979
What is the difference between a PIR and an amendment report?
A preferred infrastructure report may contain similar information to an amendment report, the difference being:
- an amendment report includes changes requested by the proponent
- a preferred infrastructure report is in response to changes requested by the Planning Secretary.
Preparing a PIR
When preparing a PIR, the applicant can:
- refine the design of the project
- undertake further engagement with the community and government agencies
- undertake further assessment
- update the evaluation of the merits of the project to incorporate the findings of any further assessment or engagement.
More information on how to prepare a PIR can be found in the state significant infrastructure guidelines.
What happens after the PIR has been lodged?
Once complete, the department must submit the PIR online via the Major Projects website.
Will the changes need to go on exhibition?
In some cases, the department will put the PIR on exhibition. The exhibition allows the community to have their say on the proposed changes to the project.
All submissions received during the exhibition period will be put on the project page of the department’s Major Projects website. The applicant will be required to prepare a submissions report.
What if the applicant asks for changes to the application?
If the applicant requests changes to the application and the Planning Secretary asks for a Preferred Infrastructure Report (PIR), the amendments may be included in the PIR. In this case, the applicant does not need to submit an amendment report.
The changes need to be clearly described and identified as being requested by the applicant. This separates the changes from those required to minimise environmental impact or deal with any issues raised during the assessment of the application.