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.