NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Planning process

The Sydney Modern project is classified as a State Significant Development.

The assessment process follows these steps:

  • A development application is received by the Department.
  • The Department prepares the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) that the Applicant needs to address.
  • 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 Minister for determination.

Find more detailed information around the planning process for State Significant Development.

Page last updated: 02/12/2022