Have Your Say
Draft Lithgow Community Participation Plan
In March 2018, the EP&A Act 1979 was amended to require councils to create a Community Participation plan (CPP). These CPP’s must be finalised and in place by no later than 1st December 2019. At its meeting on 23 September 2019, Council resolved to place on exhibition for a period of 28 days the Draft Lithgow City Council Community Participation Plan.
The Lithgow City Council Community Participation Plan is designed to inform the community on how and when they can interact with the planning system including the making of new plans and controls as well as development assessment matters. Council is required to evaluate each proposal and weigh the scale of development with legislated community engagement requirements to create appropriate community participation pathways. Activities that the community can have their say on ranges from local strategic planning statements to development assessments for dwellings requiring consent.
An important understanding of community participation is that it is a process of negotiation and compromise where all parties’ voices are heard and considered. Responses from community engagement activities are taken seriously and help planning authorities make better informed decisions.
The CPP is a standalone document to the Community Strategic Plan as it only identifies the role of the council in regards to planning participation matters under the EP&A Act 1979.
The Draft CPP aims to:
- Identify and enhance viable opportunities for our community to participate in the planning system in order to achieve better and fairer outcomes.
- Increase awareness of planning systems in place by the EP&A act as well as council processes.
- Ensure that people’s voices are heard and legitimate concerns are considered.
- Ensure a consistent approach to participation.
- Meet legislative requirements of community engagement as set out by the EP&A Act 1979.
The draft plan can be viewed on the Councils website, Council Administration/Customer Service Centre, Lithgow Library, Portland Library, and Wallerawang Library.
Draft Community Participation Plan
The Draft Community Participation Plan exhibition will be open from 27th September to 25th October. 2019
Written submissions should be addressed to:
PO Box 19
Lithgow NSW 2790
or via email to email@example.com
Submissions must be received by Council no later than 4:30pm on Friday 25 October 2019.
For further information
To find out more contact Council’s Strategic Planning Dept, Sherilyn Hanrahan or Christian Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (02) 6354 9999.