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A new State Environmental Planning Policy (Activation Precincts) 2020 (Activation Precincts SEPP) has now been introduced.


The Activation Precincts SEPP facilitates a new planning framework for Special Activation Precincts (SAPs) in regional NSW, streamlining planning processes and guiding the delivery of the Precincts.


The new SEPP commenced on 12 June 2020.


A simpler planning approval pathway

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is responsible for preparing the fast-track planning framework for each approved SAP in regional locations in NSW.


The approach involves the department undertaking upfront strategic environmental impact assessment to identify the opportunities and constraints of each SAP and likely impacts of certain land uses.


This evidence informs the preparation of a master plan, land use controls, mapping for environmentally sensitive areas and development standards, which work together to create an envelope for development, that will allow relevant land uses to be undertaken as complying or exempt development. This will reduce the cost and time associated with obtaining development consent for suitable businesses in each Activation Precinct.


The Activation Precincts SEPP requires a Master Plan and Delivery Plan for each stage of development to be prepared, prior to development commencing, as well as the introduction of a new strategic merit assessment step that requires an Activation Precinct Certificate be obtained from Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation ahead of any application for development.


The requirements will ensure development is consistent with the vision and staging for the Precincts, and consistent with the planning controls.


Each SAP will be included in the Activation Precinct SEPP as its own Schedule. The Activation Precincts SEPP also specifies the declaration and zoning of the Parkes Special Activation Precinct as Schedule 1 and the Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct as Schedule 2.


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Listening to feedback

An Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for the new SEPP was publicly exhibited in September and October 2019.


The feedback received during the exhibition period was taken into consideration to finalise the SEPP. A submission report is now available. 


All submissions received, the submission reports, the Parkes Master Plan and exhibited documents including the EIE can be viewed on the Planning Portal.


For more information

For more detailed information about the Activation Precincts SEPP you can read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 228 KB).

For further information on the SAP program you can visit our Special Activation Precincts page.

Page last updated: 24/05/2021