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DP&E's role

NSW needs a greater variety of homes and more of them; more jobs, and an easy way to get between the two. The Department’s role is to plan for growth in NSW, by building great places for people to live and work in a modern and smart way.

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Assessment Systems

For all developments an environmental assessment of the impacts of the development is needed. The level of assessment varies according to the size, scale and location of the development. There are eight main development assessment and approval systems in NSW.

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Areas requiring special planning and development assessments

Some areas have unique qualities which warrant special development assessment provisions to ensure the level of assessment addresses those characteristics properly.

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Environmental Matters

Much of the information that gives us a better understanding of how important environmental matters are addressed during development assessment, are contained in environmental assessment policies and guidelines related to people, built environment, land, water and air.

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Industries

Each industry has particular characteristics which justify specific policies and guidelines to help ensure that their impacts and benefits are recognised and managed effectively.

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Major Projects

Information on current and determined projects in the SSD and SSI systems can be viewed in the Major Projects Register. You can also lodge an application or comment on an application that is on exhibition.

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Voluntary Planning Agreements

Agreements between a planning authority (such as the Minister for Planning) and a developer are called Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs). Under the agreement a developer agrees to provide or fund: public amenities and public services. The Secretary is required to keep a register of any VPAs entered into by the Minister.

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Legislation

Planning in NSW is largely governed by two pieces of legislation; the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. Whilst the Act and the Regulation provide the overarching structure for planning in NSW, there are a number of other statutory documents that support that structure including; State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) and Local Environmental Plans (LEPs).

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ePlanning Program

The ePlanning program is improving access to the NSW planning system, making it more transparent and easier to use. ePlanning is transforming the traditional paper-based and face-to-face interactions to an online environment where people can access planning services from anywhere at any time.

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