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Parkes was announced as the first Special Activation Precinct (SAP).


The SAP takes advantage of business development opportunities and employment growth offered by the east-west rail line and the Inland Rail project. The area of the Parkes SAP is focused around the Inland Rail and the National Logistics Hub.


The Parkes Special Activation Precinct Master Plan came into effect on 12 June 2020.

What’s happened so far?

We conducted technical studies that covered topics such as environment and heritage, sustainability and infrastructure and consulted with the community.


The results of the technical studies formed an evidence base for the Parkes SAP draft Master Plan.


We exhibited the draft Master Plan and technical studies in 2019 along with the Explanation of Intended Effects (EIE). The exhibition documents, the submissions we received and the submission reports are available on the Planning Portal.


The Parkes SAP Master Plan has now been endorsed. A new Activation Precincts State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) that guides planning and delivery has been gazetted and takes effect from 12 June 2020.

What happens next?

The Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation is responsible for the delivery of the Parkes SAP in line with the Activation Precincts SEPP and the Parkes Master Plan.


Prior to the commencement of construction for any stage of development the Development Corporation will prepare a delivery plan, which provides more detail on site specific development controls, specific strategies for managing environmental impact and ongoing monitoring requirements.


In the coming weeks, the Department will be contacting local stakeholders, including landowners in the Parkes SAP and providing them with further details.

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Page last updated: 25/05/2021