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What is Regional development?

A regional development needs to be notified and assessed by a council and then determined by the relevant Planning Panel - either a Sydney planning panel for applications within the Greater Sydney Region or the relevant Joint Regional Planning Panel outside of Sydney. Regional development is defined in Schedule 4A of the EP&A Act and includes: 
  • development with a capital investment value (CIV) over $20 million
  • development with a CIV over $5 million that is council related, lodged by or on behalf of the Crown (State of NSW), private infrastructure and community facilities, or eco-tourist facilities.
  • extractive industries, waste facilities and marinas that are designated development
  • certain coastal subdivisions
  • development with a CIV between $10 million and $20 million that is referred to the planning panel by the applicant after 120 days
  • Crown development applications (with a CIV under $5 million) referred to the planning panel by the applicant or local council after 70 days from lodgement as undetermined.  This includes development applications where recommended conditions are in dispute.
Regional development does not apply in the City of Sydney Council area. 

How do I apply?

Applications are made to the council and it is the council’s responsibility to carry out a proper and professional assessment of a proposal for the planning panel’s determination of the development application. Depending on council policy, this will include the public exhibition of the application and assessment of submissions received.


The Joint Regional Planning Panel website provides further information on regional development.


Facts and Figures:

  • In 2013/14 regional panels approved regional development projects with a total capital investment value of over $6.45 billion.
  • 2013/14 JRPPs determinations:

Approvals Refusals
Hunter and Central Coast  19 16 3
Northern 17 16 1
Southern 20 19 1
Sydney East 91 82 9
Sydney West 82 81 1
Western 12 12 0
Total  241 226 15

Relevant Legislation:

Page last updated: 17/05/2018