The development controls and approval pathway for coastal development are now found in a new Coastal Management SEPP with certain consequential changes also having been made to the Infrastructure SEPP.
On 1 March 2018, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 was substantially amended in what has been described by the NSW Government as the "biggest overhaul to the Act in 40 years".
Along with numerous substantive changes, the Act has also been completely renumbered.
To support these changes, the NSW Department of Planning & Environment has produced two essential resources which should be reviewed by anyone wishing to understand the scope and import of the amendments to the Act:
- a Guide to the updated Act which highlights the key changes made to each Part of the Act; and
- a Sections Guide which lists frequently used sections of the pre-amendment Act alongside their new section numbers in the amended Act.
For further information on these amendments and thepotential implications for your development please contact Marcus Steele, Director, on (02) 8005-1411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 9 October 2017, the NSW Minister for Energy and Utilities announced that legislation would be introduced to overturn the decision of the NSW Court of Appeal in 4nature Incorporated v Centennial Springvale Pty Ltd  NSWCA 191.
The EP&A Act had been amended to require Councils within the Greater Sydney Region and the City of Wollongong to establish a Local Planning Panel. Other Councils may do so on a voluntary basis. In areas where a panel is established, Councillors will no longer exercise any Council planning functions.