Skip to main content
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Share:

The Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct (SAP) was announced in November 2019 after feedback on the Go Jindabyne master plan revealed the need to expand the project focus to the Snowy Mountains region as a whole. 

The department, in collaboration with the Department of Regional NSW, is currently developing a 40-year master plan for the Snowy Mountains SAP. 

The Master Plan aims to grow a strong one-season visitor economy into a successful four-season destination by stimulating economic development and investment and increasing year-round jobs in supporting industries. 
It also aims to leverage the region’s natural beauty and unique climate to improve the tourism amenity of the area and invest in the region’s infrastructure and services to meet the growing needs of permanent residents, seasonal workers and temporary visitors.


Draft Master Plan

The Snowy Mountains SAP draft Master Plan was on exhibition for 56 days, until midnight 23 August 2021. 

Thank you to those who provided feedback during the exhibition period. Your feedback during the exhibition period helps us better understand the opinions and views of the community, which will inform the final Master Plan.


The draft Master Plan and Discussion Paper (Explanation of Intended Effect) proposed the addition of the Snowy Mountains SAP to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Activation Precincts) 2020 (Activation Precincts SEPP)


The Snowy Mountains SAP Master Plan will be the 40-year strategic plan for the precincts. There are three different types of precincts within the Snowy Mountains SAP. The Catalyst Precincts will be re-zoned under the Activation Precincts SEPP, the Growth Precincts will remain under the Snowy River Local Environment Plan 2013 and the Alpine Precincts will remain under the Alpine SEPP.

The Snowy River Local Environment Plan 2013 and Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management and associated development controls will need to be amended to align with this strategy. These amendments were also on exhibition at the same time as the Snowy Mountains draft Master Plan.


In the near future, the Alpine State Environmental Planning Policy (Alpine SEPP) will be reviewed with the aim of streamlining development approvals within the Special Activation Precinct areas of the Kosciuszko National Park while not compromising the unique values of the park. This is proposed to include a Development Control Plan and site planning for ski areas, and includes exhibition of the Delivery Plan as well as the Alpine and Jindabyne Development Control Plans, both of which will occur once the master plan is finalised.

Community consultation sessions

 The Department ran 5 online sessions and 40 small group face to face sessions in Jindabyne, as well as multiple landowner and stakeholder meetings during the exhibition period to help inform people’s submission.  We thank the Jindabyne community for their interest.

There were also other ways for people to provide feedback, through a formal submission, via our interactive map or filling in a survey.

What happens next?

Now that the exhibition period for the draft Master Plan has ended, the submissions we have received will be assessed and carefully considered by the Department.
A formal submissions report will be published, which will include a summary of feedback received during the exhibition period and will indicate how this feedback has informed the finalisation of the Master Plan.  Before the plan is finalised, the Department will inform the community and key stakeholders of changes made to the Master Plan based on feedback.
We are planning to finalise the Snowy Mountains SAP Master Plan in the first half of 2022. There will also be additional opportunities for the public to provide feedback on the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct.  

This will include consultation on the future Delivery and Development Control Plans which will guide next phase of the planning and delivery process. The planning framework is outlined on page 15 of the draft Master Plan.


Details of future consultation will be published on our website and details sent directly to our database, so please register your details below to be kept updated.


More background information

You can read our frequently asked questions, or watch the Snowy Mountains SAP draft Master Plan video.


The Snowy Mountains SAP forms part of the NSW Government’s 20 Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW and will be delivered as part of the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.


You can read more about Special Activation Precincts.


Read the latest update from the team in our March 2021 Newsletter.


Register your details to receive updates on the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct.


Go Jindabyne Master Plan

Go Jindabyne Master Plan

Everything we did in Jindabyne prior to announcing the Snowy Mountains SAP.

Snowy SAP Jindy tile 430x278

Snowy SAP Ideas Wall

Snowy SAP Ideas Wall

View the community's thoughts and ideas for the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct.

Man walking on the grounds of Nimbo Fork Lodge, Killimicat