Draft Community Participation Plan

The NSW planning system has recently undergone a series of amendments and updates designed to facilitate high quality decision and planning outcomes for NSW.

These amendments and updates to the EP&A Act were passed in NSW Parliament on November 2017 and came into effect on 1 March 2018. Part of the largest reform process in the Act's forty year history, the changes related to enhanced focus on community participation in the planning functions carried out by planning authorities. Specifically,  the Act now requires the development of Community Participation Plans (CPP) that demonstrate how Councils will engage with the community and how the community can participate in the planning functions undertaken by Council.

The community participation plan sets out how and when Council will engage with the community on a planning function it performs as well as setting out the minimum public exhibition time frames that are being prepared. These timeframes are prescribed under Schedule 1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The CPP acts as a high level document for informing the community on how and when Council will engage with the community and how the community can participate but does not prescribe a specific community engagement strategy.


Project Contact

Jakob Gray, Manager Business, Investment & Strategy on 02 4995 7777.

Submission are to be made in writing and addressed to the General Manager.

By Post:

The General Manager                                                                                                                                                                                Dungog Shire Council                                                                                                                                                                            PO Box 95
DUNGOG NSW 2420

Or by Email: shirecouncil@dungog.nsw.gov.au

by 4.30 pm on Friday 27 September 2019.

Frequently Asked questions

What is a Community Participation Plan? (CPP)

The Community Participation Plan sets out how and when Council will engage with the community on a planning function it performs as well as setting out the minimum public exhibition time frames that are being prepared. These timeframes are prescribed under Schedule 1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The CPP acts as a high level document for informing the community on how and when Council will engage with the community and how the community can participate but does not prescribe a specific community engagement strategy.

How can I access the plan?

The plan is available on Councils website for review during the 28 day exhibition period. When the document has been finalised and adopted by Council the plan will be placed on Councils website.

How will I use the CPP? 

The CPP can be utilised at any time and more specifically when Council is undertaking a planning function such as the assessment of a development appl ication or during the process of a p lanning proposal. The CPP will provide information on the mandatory timeframes for public exhibition of the documentation and how the community can participate.

Is Council the only planning authority with a CPP?

No. All planning authorities including the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has a CPP for the community.

What happens after public exhibition of this document?

When the public exhibition period concludes, the submissions made during the period will be reviewed and the relevant changes made. When the final document has been prepared the CPP will go to Council for adoption and subsequently be placed on the NSW Planning Portal.
 
Downloads:

Draft Community Participation Plan