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Environmental matters

Environmental assessment policies provide most of the information that gives us a better understanding of important environmental matters related to development assessment and how they should be addressed. These policies and guidelines fall into five key topics:

  • People – amenity, health and safety, heritage, social and economic factors.
  • Built environment – infrastructure, industrial, commercial, residential.
  • Land – flora, fauna, landforms, terrestrial environmental quality.
  • Water – hydrological processes, water quality.
  • Air – air quality and atmospheric gases, odour.

Statutory policies and plans

A number of state environmental planning policies (SEPPs) provide the planning rules for specific environmental matters, and contain particular development controls to protect or manage certain environmental values. All SEPPs are available from NSW legislation.

Some important SEPPs relating to development assessment are:




Built environment