NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) Reforms

On Wednesday the 15th of November, the NSW State Parliament passed the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) reforms which are now awaiting assent. 

The reforms will address:

- Local Strategic Planning Statements - New Planning proposals must take into account Council's local strategic planning priorities and targets;

- Community Participation Plans - Planning Authorities will be required to prepare CPPs on how they will engage the community in relevant planning decisions in relation to the Act's new community participation principles;

- Standardizing Development Control Plans - a standardized format and structure will be released for DCPs;

- Facilitate the enforcement of Complying Development requirements;

- New tools to combat breaches of the Act;

- Concurrent advice  for Part 5 Development - Public authorities will be required to consult with other authorities before commencing work in infrastructure corridors.

The current structure of the EP&A Act will be restructured from 8 parts into 10, resulting in the reordering of existing sections. 

More information can be found on the NSW Parliament website: