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16 February

Draft Large–Scale Solar Energy Guideline

The draft Large–Scale Solar Energy Guideline offers guidance on the framework for the planning assessment and approval of large-scale solar energy development proposals under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The guideline outlines key assessment issues for state significant solar energy projects — such as land use conflict, biodiversity and visual impacts — and encourages extensive stakeholder consultation.

Draft reforms for buildings with combustible cladding

The department has released a draft regulation proposing that owners of buildings with combustible external wall cladding will need to register the building with the NSW government and undertake a fire safety assessment within set deadlines.


Mine Rehabilitation Discussion Paper

Comment is also invited on the discussion paper, Improving Mine Rehabilitation in NSW.

Five reforms are proposed with the aim of ensuring mine rehabilitation is consistent with leading practice and delivers appropriate social, economic and environmental outcomes.


Proposed amendments to the Voluntary Land Acquisition and Mitigation Policy

Changes to Environment Protection Authority noise and air quality polices have triggered a review of the Voluntary Land Acquisition and Mitigation Policy and Mining SEPP or VLAMP, to ensure the thresholds for the grant of voluntary acquisition and mitigation rights are consistent with the EPA's policies.

26 February

Draft Greener Places policy

Aiming to create a more liveable and sustainable urban environment, the draft Greener Places policy proposes how to coordinate population growth with increased open space and parklands, to help offset the impact of climate change.

28 February

Draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036

The draft Greater Newcastle plan is strategic and far sighted. It aims to see Australia’s seventh largest city forge ahead over the next 20 years as a globally competitive economy offering a great lifestyle.

Draft Hunter Region Special Infrastructure Contributions

Applying to the whole Hunter Region — including the local government areas of Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid–coast, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter — this draft SIC is designed to help fund infrastructure needed to support greenfield residential and industrial development.