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The Department has started the Technical Assurance Panel (TAP) pilot program.


The program is a new way for state agencies, councils and landowners to work together to undertake strategic investigations for precincts. The TAP program aims to identify and require the proponent to address key local, state and strategic issues, which may then lead to the lodgement of a formal rezoning proposal. This will enable clearer decision-making, a stronger appreciation of public benefit, better outcomes, and, importantly, give the community confidence that important issues have been thoroughly investigated and addressed by the relevant stakeholders before lodgement of rezoning applications.


The TAP pilot program has begun in two precincts in the Greater Macarthur Growth Area –  Appin and Gilead. The panel is made up of representatives from government agencies, service providers and local councils who provide insight into community issues, infrastructure needs and opportunities and constraints for development. The workshops are chaired by the Department and have senior representation from:  

  • Environment and Heritage; 
  • Government Architect NSW; 
  • Sydney Water; 
  • Transport for NSW (TfNSW); 
  • Wollondilly Shire and Campbelltown City Councils; and 
  • Other agencies such as the Rural Fire Service and Heritage NSW will also be consulted when necessary. 

The forum of public agencies and the proponent, led by DPIE, seeks to resolve complex planning issues and provide a recommended roadmap to resolve key issues upfront in a transparent way. The proponents are not involved in any formal deliberation or the formulation of recommendations to Government. 


Under the pilot program the TAP workshops ensure collaboration and examination of important issues including: 

  • Protecting koala corridors and providing habitat revegetation;
  • Implementing the recommendations of the Chief Scientist and Engineer report, Advice on the protection of the Campbelltown koala population
  • Aligning strategic planning to the draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan;  
  • Adopting the Government Architect’s recently released Connecting with Country Framework; and 
  • Aligning planning outcomes with infrastructure. 


The TAP program is anticipated to involve five to six workshops with the full panel, and a number of smaller working groups as necessary. After these workshops, the proponent will be provided with recommendations which should be addressed in a rezoning application. Any rezoning will include community consultation.


Any assurance to proceed with a rezoning application is not an approval and does not change the usual rezoning assessment process.


The pilot program is expected to be completed in 2021, after which the Department will conduct a review of the program to identify how improvements can be made to the process and whether it can be applied to other areas. 

More information will be made available later in 2021. 

Page last updated: 31/03/2022