Community Participation Plan

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In March 2018, changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EPA) Act 1979 set out new requirements for Councils to prepare a Community Participation Plan (CPP). All Planning Authorities, including the Department of Planning and Environment and Councils, will be required to have in place a Community Participation Plan by 1 December 2019.

The CPP sets out when and how Council will engage with its communities across all the planning functions it performs (strategic and development assessment) under the EPA Act 1979. The CPP also summarises those circumstances where planning decisions are made outside Council's jurisdiction and development which is exempt from a development application. Both of those scenarios place limitations on the ability of the community to participate. The CPP must meet the minimum requirements for community participation as set out in the EPA Act. The CPP is distinct from Council’s Community Engagement Strategy which remains in place as adopted by Council and applies to Council's functions outside those under the EPA Act.

The draft CPP seeks to:
a) enhance opportunities for all members of the community to participate in planning decisions to achieve better planning outcomes, in an open and transparent process;
b) ensure the community understands how they can participate in planning decisions;
c) ensure that the needs and concerns of the community are identified and addressed wherever possible;
d) ensure Council’s strategic planning reflects the aspirations of our community and partners; and
e) ensure Council meets its legislative requirements in regards to community engagement.

The public exhibition period for this project has concluded. A report to Council's next Policy meeting is being prepared. Those who made a submission will be contacted by Council.


In March 2018, changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EPA) Act 1979 set out new requirements for Councils to prepare a Community Participation Plan (CPP). All Planning Authorities, including the Department of Planning and Environment and Councils, will be required to have in place a Community Participation Plan by 1 December 2019.

The CPP sets out when and how Council will engage with its communities across all the planning functions it performs (strategic and development assessment) under the EPA Act 1979. The CPP also summarises those circumstances where planning decisions are made outside Council's jurisdiction and development which is exempt from a development application. Both of those scenarios place limitations on the ability of the community to participate. The CPP must meet the minimum requirements for community participation as set out in the EPA Act. The CPP is distinct from Council’s Community Engagement Strategy which remains in place as adopted by Council and applies to Council's functions outside those under the EPA Act.

The draft CPP seeks to:
a) enhance opportunities for all members of the community to participate in planning decisions to achieve better planning outcomes, in an open and transparent process;
b) ensure the community understands how they can participate in planning decisions;
c) ensure that the needs and concerns of the community are identified and addressed wherever possible;
d) ensure Council’s strategic planning reflects the aspirations of our community and partners; and
e) ensure Council meets its legislative requirements in regards to community engagement.

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