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The Cockle Bay proposed concept redevelopment is classified as a State Significant Development.


The process for SSD assessment follows these steps:

  • The Department receives a Development Application and issues Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs), which set out the details the applicant must address in their application,
  • The applicant prepares an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS),
  • The Department places the EIS on public exhibition and seeks formal submissions from the community, councils and other government agencies,
  • The Department collates all submissions received during public exhibition and may undertake targeted consultation to further understand key issues raised,
  • The Department asks the applicant to respond to the feedback received,
  • The applicant lodges a Response to Submissions (RtS) report,
  • The Department considers the application and RtS, along with all feedback received from the community, other government agencies and councils, as part of the assessment process,
  • The Department makes a recommendation to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) for determination.


The Department will consider the following when assessing SSD applications:

  • existing strategic plans and policies (including State, regional and local)
  • feedback and comments from the relevant local council(s)
  • specialised and technical input and advice received from Federal and State Government agencies
  • public submissions received during the exhibition
  • the public interest.


For staged SSD applications: if the concept proposal is approved, a separate SSD application, or applications, will be lodged, exhibited and assessed for detailed design and construction of the planned development.


Page last updated: 18/01/2019