The State Significant Precinct Process
The Minister for Planning approves a site as a Nominated State Significant Precinct.
- An applicant makes a submission to the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment to investigate declaration of a site as a State Significant Precinct (SSP).
- The Department of Planning and Environment reviews the submission's compliance with the State Significant Precinct Criteria and seeks the Minister for Planning's formal nomination as a State Significant Precinct.
- The Department of Planning and Environment establishes a Project Review Panel with the local Council, NSW Government Architect's Office, and Transport for NSW (and other organisations where required) to govern the investigation. A working group is also formed with the applicant, the local Council and the Department of Planning and Environment.
- The Minister for Planning declares the area a Nominated State Significant Precinct.
2. Study scoping
The Department of Planning and Environment liaises with relevant agencies to determine the required scope of the State Significant Precinct Study
- A comprehensive rezoning investigation is initiated. Study Requirements are developed with other government agencies and the local Council for the Project Review Panel's endorsement. The Study Requirements are then issued to the applicant. The Study Requirements outline the range of studies needed to analyse the potential impact of any planning control changes, such as traffic and transport, urban design, building heights, open space, economic feasibility and other potential impacts.
- The Study Requirements also include consultation requirements which the applicant must undertake in preparing the State Significant Precinct Study.
3. State Significant Precinct Study prepared
A State Significant Precinct Study is undertaken and submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment for review.
- The applicant submits a draft vision, options, master plan, and planning controls for the nominated precinct to the Project Review Panel for review at key stages of the process.
- The applicant engages technical specialists to undertake all of the studies required to satisfy the Study Requirements.
- The applicant undertakes a program of consultation with government agencies and the public.
- The applicant develops a project vision, options and a preferred masterplan, as well as identifying any public infrastructure upgrades that need to be funded to accommodate future development.
- The applicant submits the studies, consultation outcomes, proposed master plan and proposed planning controls to the Department of Planning and Environment in the form of a State Significant Precinct Study.
4. Exhibition and formal consultation
The State Significant Precinct Study is placed on public exhibition by the Department of Planning and Environment for a minimum of 30 days.
- The Department of Planning and Environment and the local Council review the State Significant Precinct Study against the Study Requirements. The Project Review Panel will confirm whether it adequately addresses all requirements.
- The Study is placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 days. Submissions are invited from the public, other government departments, local government, and any other interested individuals or groups.
- The applicant must continue to consult with the community and provide information about the proposed new controls during the exhibition period. However, submissions are made directly to the Department of Planning and Environment.
5. Assessment and recommendation
Public submissions are assessed and a recommendation is made to the Minister for Planning.
- The Department of Planning and Environment and local Council review the submissions and prepare a Summary of Responses, which includes a list of the key issues raised and further studies, if required.
- The Project Review Panel considers the Summary of Responses and confirms if additional studies / investigations are needed.
- The applicant prepares their Response to Submissions. This is reviewed by the Department of Planning and Environment and the local Council. The Project Review Panel reviews and confirms if a further exhibition is required. The Department of Planning and Environment conducts additional public exhibition/s on any substantial amendments.
- The Department of Planning and Environment prepares an Assessment Report in consultation with the local Council, which includes draft planning controls, maps, a contributions framework, and makes a recommendation about the rezoning proposal to the Minister for Planning.
- The Project Review Panel consider the Assessment Report to determine consistency with recommendations.
6. Minister's determination
The Minister for Planning makes a determination. If approved, all future development applications are assessed against new planning controls.
- The Minister for Planning considers the Assessment Report, and any report from the Project Review Panel, and makes a determination about the proposed rezoning.
- If approved, the new zones and controls are included in State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Precincts) 2005 or the relevant Local Environmental Plan.
- Future development applications for the State Significant Precinct are assessed by the relevant planning authority using the new planning controls.
*Some projects, may at the discretion of the Minister, exclude steps in the process.
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Page last updated: 11/10/2018