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ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT ACT 1979 - SECT 2.23
Community participation plans--preparation
(1) A planning authority to which this Division applies is required to prepare
a community participation plan about how and when it will undertake community
participation when exercising relevant planning functions (subject to this
Note : Schedule 1 requires a proposed plan to be publicly exhibited
for at least 28 days.
(2) A planning authority is to have regard to the
following when preparing a community participation plan--
(a) The community
has a right to be informed about planning matters that affect it.
Planning authorities should encourage effective and on-going partnerships with
the community to provide meaningful opportunities for community participation
(c) Planning information should be in plain language, easily
accessible and in a form that facilitates community participation in planning.
(d) The community should be given opportunities to participate in strategic
planning as early as possible to enable community views to be genuinely
(e) Community participation should be inclusive and planning
authorities should actively seek views that are representative of the
(f) Members of the community who are affected by proposed major
development should be consulted by the proponent before an application for
planning approval is made.
(g) Planning decisions should be made in an open
and transparent way and the community should be provided with reasons for
those decisions (including how community views have been taken into account).
(h) Community participation methods (and the reasons given for planning
decisions) should be appropriate having regard to the significance and likely
impact of the proposed development.
(3) For the purposes of this Division--
(a) a community participation plan prepared by the Planning Secretary applies
to the exercise of relevant planning functions by the Minister, and
general community participation plan prepared by the Planning Secretary
applies to the exercise of relevant planning functions by determining
authorities under Division 5.1 (other than councils or prescribed public
(c) the regulations may provide that the
community participation plan of a planning authority applies to the exercise
of relevant planning functions by another planning authority and that the
other planning authority is not required to prepare its own
community participation plan.
(4) A council need not prepare a separate
community participation plan if it includes all the matters required under
this section in its plan and strategies under the Local Government Act 1993 ,
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