New legislation seeks to improve engagement with the community
In an effort to increase community participation in environmental planning and assessment, Council is currently preparing a Community Participation Plan (CPP). CPPs are designed to make it easier for the community to understand how to participate in planning matters in NSW and are a requirement of recent updates to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).
In 2019 alone, Tweed Shire Council has conducted over 50 community engagement activities to seek community feedback on Council projects. Many of these engagement opportunities have been for planning matters because we believe it is essential that the community has an opportunity to have their say about the use of land in the Tweed. Whether it be contributing feedback to long-term plans that help set the vision for their local area or sharing their opinion on particular developments, the community is central to all planning decisions.
Council will amend its Community Engagement Strategy to incorporate the legislative requirements for a Community Participation Plan and will place the draft amended Community Engagement and Participation Plan on exhibition later this year so that the community has an opportunity to make comment.
You can read more about Community Participation Plans on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.