Our Environment, Our Communities - Integrating environmental outcomes and community engagement in the NSW planning system

Our Environment, Our Communities - Integrating environmental outcomes and community engagement in the NSW planning system

This discussion paper has been prepared to inform the NSW Planning Review. This report recognises the intrinsic link between environmental protection and planning, and the benefits of community engagement and participation in decisions that affect our environments and neighbourhoods.

The report which draws on case studies from across Australia and overseas, looks at:
• ways to integrate environmental outcomes through effective strategic and land use planning;
• mechanisms for achieving environmental outcomes in development assessment processes, including an objective decision making framework with requires decision makers to ensure that environmental outcomes are achieved;
• emerging trends in public participation and community engagement;
• ways to improve community engagement and ensure community engagement is carried out in accordance with key principles set out in a public participation charter.

The report also outlines a proposed legislative model for integrating environmental and community considerations in the NSW planning system. Our organisations will be strongly advocating for the legislative provisions set out in this model to be included in the White Paper and draft legislation for a new planning system.

This report was funded by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, as part of a funding agreement that had the in-principle support of the Planning Review Co-Chairs.

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