Development applications (DA) are assessed with regard to Section 4.15 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

This includes such matters as:

  • The provisions of any relevant planning instruments or CN guidelines (Development Control Plans)
  • The likely environmental, social or economic impacts of the development in the locality
  • The suitability of the site for the development
  • Any submissions made in response to public notification of the development
  • The public interest.

During the preliminary assessment and notification stage of a DA, it may be identified that the application requires determination by the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel (HCCRPP) or Development Applications Committee (DAC). Reasons this may be triggered include the type of development proposed, high cost of works or high volume of public submissions.