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Geographic areas

Some areas have unique qualities that need special planning and development assessment provisions to ensure the level of assessment properly addresses those qualities. There are statutory and non-statutory plans that guide the way these areas are developed and managed.

Strategic plans

These plans provide direction for productivity, environmental management, and liveability, and the location of housing, employment, infrastructure and open space. The plans also provide the context for development assessment.

Statutory policies and plans

A number of State environmental planning policies (SEPPs) provide the planning rules for some areas of the State to protect certain environmental values or promote a particular mix of development types for the area. All SEPPs are available from NSW legislation.

Some important area based SEPPs relating to development assessment are: