NSW State Govt seeks to clarify the status of development control

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2 November 2012

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2012 (NSW) (Bill) was recently introduced to the NSW Parliament. The Bill proposes amendments that clarify the status of development control plans (DCPs) as mere ‘guidelines’.

It requires consent authorities to give less weight to DCPs than to environmental planning instruments (EPIs). If passed, these reforms are likely to have profound implications for the role of DCPs in the development assessment process.


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