Draft ‘Revised Community Consultative Committee Guidelines for State Significant Development’ (Revised CCC Guidelines) have been released for public comment by the NSW Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E).

The purpose of a Community Consultative Committee (CCC) is to act as 'a forum for open discussions between companies, communities and local councils' in relation to State Significant Development (SSD).

DP&E summarises the key proposed changes to the CCC Guidelines as follows:

  • increasing the flexibility of the guidelines so that CCCs can be set up for a range of SSD projects as required,
  • revised procedures for the establishment of the committees,
  • revised criteria for community representatives,
  • new criteria for environmental representatives,
  • better guidance on how to establish committees,
  • stronger guidance on the conduct of meetings, and
  • a new toolkit to assist with the establishment and operation of committees.

Submissions on the draft Revised CCC Guidelines can be made up until 31 March 2016.