Nature conservation

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Strategic assessment of Sydney's growth centres

 

The Department of Planning is undertaking a Strategic Assessment of the North West and South West Growth Centres under the Commonwealth nvironment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water granted biodiversity certification of the Growth Centres, which removes the need for threatened species assessment under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The Strategic Assessment will assess the potential impacts of urban development of the North West and South West Growth Centres on matters of National Environmental Significance protected under the EPBC Act. The matters of National Environmental Significance include the impact on Cumberland Plain Woodland.

The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts and the NSW Ministers for Planning and Climate Change and the Environment have entered an agreement to proceed with the Strategic Assessment. The agreement includes draft Terms of Reference for the preparation of the Strategic Assessment report.

General information in relation to strategic assessments under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 can be found on the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts website.

Draft Terms of Reference for the Strategic Assessment

The exhibition of the Draft Terms of Reference for the Strategic Assessment of Sydney’s Growth Centres is underway.

The public are encouraged to view the draft Terms of Reference and are invited to provide comments. The information can be viewed at the Department of Planning offices at Level 5, 10 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta and 23-33 Bridge St, Sydney.

Exhibition material constitutes:

Exhibition fact sheet (including Q&A)
Draft Terms of Reference (including endorsement criteria)

The exhibition period closes at 5pm on 23 December 2009.

Page last updated: 13 December 2013