What is a community participation plan?

A community participation plan sets out how and when Council will engage with the community on planning functions under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). It is intended to make it easier for people to understand how and when they can participate in planning matters under Council’s jurisdiction. 

The requirements for a community participation plan are set out under the EP&A Act. The plan must set out the minimum public exhibition time frames in accordance with Division 2.6 and Schedule 1 of the EP&A Act.

It is important to note that the plan describes the high level processes and minimum requirements for how Council will engage on planning functions. It does not outline specific engagement strategies for each type of planning proposal or project.

How will the community participation plan be used?

The Draft Woollahra Community Participation Plan sets out the requirements for community consultation, public exhibition and notification processes for land use planning matters undertaken by Council.

This plan helps to ensure that our community is aware of the opportunities and processes that allow them to participate in planning matters that affect them.

Council staff will use the plan to guide processes and procedures for community consultation on planning functions.

It is important to note that the plan describes the high level processes and minimum requirements for how Council will engage on planning functions. It does not outline specific engagement strategies for each type of planning proposal or project.

What is being amended in the Woollahra DCP 2015 and why?

The Draft Woollahra Community Participation Plan applies to the entire Woollahra local government area. It sets out, in a single document, how and when Council will engage with the community on planning matters under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the EP&A Act). 

The corresponding amendment to the Woollahra DCP 2015 will remove all advertising and notification requirements for development applications in Chapter A2 of the Woollahra DCP 2015 and transfer them to the Draft Woollahra Community Participation Plan.

We are doing this so that all our community consultation and public exhibition requirements for planning matters, including development applications, are located in a single document. This is also a requirement under the EP&A Act. 

How can I have my say on the Draft Woollahra Community Participation Plan?

It’s easy to have your say. Just login or register for Your Say Woollahra and share your views using our online submission form.

Alternatively you can write to us, including the reference SC4521 submissions, by email to records@woollahra.nsw.gov.au or by letter addressed to the General Manager at Woollahra Council, PO Box 61, Double Bay NSW 1360. 

When making a submission by email or letter, please provide your contact details such as an email address so we can keep you up-to-date on this project.

Submissions may be made during the exhibition period Wednesday 2 October 2019 to Friday 1 November 2019. All submissions must be received before the exhibition closes at 4:30pm on Friday 1 November 2019.

The requirements for public consultation are set out in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

To stay up-to-date on this project make sure you register for Your Say Woollahra.  

What will you do with my comments?

The Draft Woollahra Community Participation Plan and Draft Woollahra DCP 2015 (Amendment 10) will be publicly exhibited from 2 October 2019 to 1 November 2019.

Matters raised in submissions received during public exhibition will be reviewed and reported to Council after the public exhibition.


PRIVACY NOTE

Submissions, summaries of submissions, and/or names and email addresses of people making submissions may be included in publicly available reports to Council or Committee Meetings and Council's website.

Please note, in accordance with section 18(1)(b) of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), you are advised that all submissions received by Council will be placed on the appropriate Council file and may be disclosed to Councillors, Council Officers, consultants to Council or members of the public.


When will the Community Participation Plan come into effect?

The final Woollahra Community Participation Plan must be in effect and published on the NSW Planning Portal by 1 December 2019. This is a requirement of the Environmental Planning and Assessment (Savings, Transitional and Other Provisions) Regulation 2017.

When does the Woollahra DCP 2015 (Amendment 10) come into effect?

The Woollahra DCP 2015 (Amendment 10) will come into effect when a notice is published in the Wentworth Courier. This will occur after the Woollahra Community Participation Plan is finalised and published on the NSW planning portal

Where can I find more information?

Further information is available on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website, and in the 'Important Links' and 'Document Library' sections of this page.