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State Significant Precincts are areas with state or regional planning significance because of their social, economic or environmental characteristics.


They are typically large sites owned by the state government that are of state or regional importance for:

  • achieving government policy objectives, particularly those relating to increasing delivery of housing and jobs
  • environmental or natural resource conservation
  • heritage or historical significance.


These sites can play a particularly important role in increasing the supply of housing and employment in key locations, and improving housing choice and affordability.


Amendments to the zones and planning controls for State Significant Precincts can be made through a State Environmental Planning Policy. This can be approved by the Minister for Planning for any matter that the Minister considers to be of state or regional planning significance (section 37 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979). View the State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Precincts) 2005.


In most cases, the State Environmental Planning Policy will amend the relevant local environmental plan(s). These amendments will be supported by more detailed planning controls set out in a development control plan.


For more information please refer to the State Significant Precincts guideline.


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Page last updated: 20/12/2017