These areas can play a particularly important role in achieving government policy objectives, including those relating to increasing the supply of housing and employment in key locations, and improving housing choice and affordability.
This guideline establishes a process for the rezoning of State Significant Precincts.
To facilitate the redevelopment of potential State Significant Precincts, investigations will be carried out and a revised planning framework proposed.
Amendments to the zones and planning controls for State Significant Precincts will be made by way of a State Environmental Planning Policy which can be approved by the Minister for Planning for any matter which the Minister considers to be of state or regional planning significance as provided for under section 37 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. These amendments will be supported by more detailed planning controls set out in a development control plan.
In most instances the State Environmental Planning Policy will amend the relevant local environmental plan(s). However in a small number of instances, where the NSW Government will have an ongoing role in the planning and development of the land, the zones and associated planning controls will be inserted in State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Precincts).
A State Significant Precinct must be demonstrated to be a matter of state or regional planning significance because of its social, economic or environmental characteristics.
Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria to determine their significance to state or regional planning objectives:
The process for a State Significant Precinct process is as follows:
Minister for Planning determines:
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A State Significant Precinct study is prepared including proposed planning framework
Department co-ordinates Public Exhibition
A response to submissions is prepared
Department’s recommendation and draft SEPP and maps submitted to Minister
Minister for Planning approves planning framework and development applications can now be submitted
A more detailed explanation of the steps is provided below.
To assist the Minister in determining whether a matter is of state or regional planning significance the following will be provided:
It is expected that the State Significant Precinct process would be used for a limited number of special precincts where the government will have an ongoing planning, development and/or management role. It would not be suitable for all government owned land, particularly where there is an existing and more commonly utilised alternative rezoning process.
In issuing any requirements for the study, the Department of Planning and Environment will consult relevant state agencies and local councils.
The Department of Planning and Environment will also make a recommendation to the Minster for Planning on the planning framework which should apply to the precinct, including land use zones, permissible uses and height of building and floor space ratio controls.
Following the making of the State Environmental Planning Policy the more detailed development controls would be further considered and adopted by the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment or the relevant local council.
The Department of Planning and Environment is working on the following State Significant Precincts:
Page last updated: 07/07/2017