The North Byron Parklands Cultural Event Site project is classified as a State Significant Development.
The assessment process follows these steps:
The Department prepares the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) that the Applicant needs to address.
A development application is received by the Department.
The Applicant prepares an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the SEARs.
The Department publicly exhibits the EIS and consults with local councils, government agencies, other key stakeholders and the community.
The Department publishes submissions and asks the Applicant to address any concerns or issues raised by stakeholders and the community.
The Applicant prepares a formal Response to Submissions Report (RtS), which gets published here and on the Department’s major projects website.
The Department assesses the merits of the project, including the EIS, all submissions and community feedback, and the RtS.
If there are more than 25 objections, a reportable political donation has been made, or the local council objects to the proposal, the application will be sent to the Planning Assessment Commission for a final decision.
More detailed information around the planning process for State Significant Development is available here.