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26 October 2018: Department of Planning and Environment news

Release of Department of Planning and Environment’s draft Community Participation Plan

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) has been updated to make community participation central to the planning system. Supporting this objective is a new measure requiring all public authorities that have planning functions under the EP&A Act, including councils, to develop a community participation plan (CPP) by the end of 2019.

I am excited to share with you the Department’s draft CPP. You can find out more on our CPP webpage.

Our CPP consolidates into one simple document how and when the community can participate in the planning functions the Department undertakes. It will make it clearer for the community to have their say on planning assessments, plan-making, policies or changes to regulatory frameworks.

We seek your submission on our draft CPP in particular, whether it makes our role clearer and helps you to understand how you can participate in our planning functions.

Our draft CPP is now on exhibition and submissions will be accepted until Thursday 6 December 2018.

Find out more

To find out more, please:

·         Make a formal submission on the CPP exhibition page.

·         Visit our CPP webpage where you can find more information and provide feedback through an online survey.

·         Email the team at

·         Call the hotline on 1300 305 695 and ask to speak to a CPP project team member.

·         Visit any Service NSW centre. Staff will help you access the public exhibition documents. Service NSW staff will also answer any questions or connect you to appropriate officer who can.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth Kinkade

A/Deputy Secretary

Policy and Strategy


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