New South Wales

Part 3A transitional arrangements announced

FOLLOWING the New South Wales Government's decision to repeal Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, it last week announced transitional arrangements, including revoking the Part 3A status of a number of residential, commercial, retail and coastal projects.

Announcing the new arrangements last Thursday, Planning Minister Brad Hazzard said he was determined to implement the government's pledge to scrap Part 3A of the Planning Act. Last month, the government announced that it would no longer accept applications under Part 3A.

As part of the transitional arrangements, 63 projects will now either not be declared as major projects under Part 3A or will be immediately removed from the Part 3A system and generally sent back to local councils for determination and assessment by the relevant Joint Regional Planning Panel.

Other residential, retail, commercial and coastal projects which have substantially progressed within the existing assessment process - a total of 102 - will continue under Part 3A and will go before the Planning Assessment Commission for approval.

All applications for other project types (such as mining, chemical and manufacturing, agricultural, tourist and significant infrastructure proposals) which are already in the Part 3A system will continue to be assessed and determined under Part 3A.

For significant private projects remaining in the system, the Minister will delegate his determination role to the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC), while smaller less complex applications will be determined by senior officers of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

Mr Hazzard said a mixture of residential, retail, commercial and coastal applications had lost their major project status.

"These are the ones where the Government's involvement was most contested and it is appropriate that they are first to go," he said.

Mr Hazzard said the arrangements announced today were transitional while a new system of assessing projects of genuine State significance was developed.

"The new system will include more rigorous and appropriate criteria to ensure only those projects of real significance to the State come to the Government for a decision."

The transitional arrangements, which came into force on 13 May, will be given effect through an amendment to the Major Development State Environmental Planning Policy.

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