State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) - Improving the Frameworks

On the 30th of November 2017, the Department of Planning and Environment advised they are developing a new State Environmental Planing Policy (SEPP) for the protection and management of our natural environment. 

The proposal seeks to consolidate seven existing SEPPs to simplify the planning rules surrounding water catchments, waterways, urban bushland and the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Property. The consolidation will allow the current policies to be accessible in one location as well as reflecting the changes which have occurred since their creation. 

The policies set for consolidation are:

  • State Environmental Planning Policy No.19 - Bushland in Urban Areas
  • State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 201
  • State Environment Planning Policy No. 50 - Canal Estate Development
  • Greater Metropolitan Regional Environmental Plan No.2 - Georges River Catchment
  • Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 20 - Hawkesbury-Neapean River (No.2-1997)
  • Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (Sydney Harbour Catchment) 2005
  • Willandra Lakes Regional Environmental Plan No.1- World Heritage Property.

Changes are also set to the proposed Standard Instrument - Principal Local Environmental Plan, with some provisions of the existing policies to be transferred to the new Section 117 Local Planing Directions where appropriate. 

Should you need any further information, head on over to the Department of Planning and Environment website -