Community participation in planning

Ballina Shire Council is committed to community engagement as a principle of good governance.

Community participation in the planning system results in better planning outcomes for our community.

Council's land use planning functions are governed by the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).

NSW planning authorities, including councils, are required to prepare a Community Participation Plan (CPP) in response to an update of the EP&A Act in early 2018.

Our CPP outlines how and when council will engage with our community when undertaking certain planning activities. These activities include plan making and the assessment of development proposals.

The CPP clarifies how and when the community can participate in the various aspects of land use planning in Ballina Shire. The engagement methods and timeframes enable Council to be transparent in it's planning decisions and involve the community in these decisions.

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