Community Participation Plan


All levels of government (Commonwealth, state and local) have an intention to actively involve the community in planning for the places that affect them and their communities. Participation opportunities include early and upfront engagement during the initial stages of planning, as well as opportunities to provide feedback and input on development assessments and draft plans or policies during formal public exhibition towards the finalisation of the project.

This Community Participation Plan (CPP) is an invitation to our community to participate and contribute to their future. We are entering a time of growth and change. It is important our community are part of the journey with us. They need to be involved and aware of the opportunities and outcomes that are being established for our City.

Proposed Model

The CPP is designed to make participation in planning clearer for communities. It does this by setting out how and when communities can participate in the planning and development throughout the various stages of proposals to Council.

The CPP also outlines community participation objectives which are used to guide approaches to community engagement. It provides transparency and clarity for the community to clearly understand its role in the development assessment and planning process.

The purpose of this CPP is to provide a planned approach to community engagement practices to ensure a high level of dialogue with target audiences is in place for Council projects. Council recognises the uniqueness of its diverse and vibrant community. This CPP aims to ensure the area continues to support and provide a rich culture and inclusive community spirit through great regional, urban and rural design.

Although the planning approval processes differ depending on the size and scale of the development, the opportunities for community participation remain. A CPP provides guidance on how the community can have access and input into different types of planning documents on a general level (i.e. local environment plans) and a specific level (i.e. development assessments).

Our CPP also ensures that we are able to meet the requirements that have been set by the State Government via the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act) and through ongoing reforms in the planning system.

Please review the draft CPP, found in the documents tab on the right hand side of this page. You have the opportunity to provide feedback by completing the feedback form below.

Submissions close 18 November 2019.



All levels of government (Commonwealth, state and local) have an intention to actively involve the community in planning for the places that affect them and their communities. Participation opportunities include early and upfront engagement during the initial stages of planning, as well as opportunities to provide feedback and input on development assessments and draft plans or policies during formal public exhibition towards the finalisation of the project.

This Community Participation Plan (CPP) is an invitation to our community to participate and contribute to their future. We are entering a time of growth and change. It is important our community are part of the journey with us. They need to be involved and aware of the opportunities and outcomes that are being established for our City.

Proposed Model

The CPP is designed to make participation in planning clearer for communities. It does this by setting out how and when communities can participate in the planning and development throughout the various stages of proposals to Council.

The CPP also outlines community participation objectives which are used to guide approaches to community engagement. It provides transparency and clarity for the community to clearly understand its role in the development assessment and planning process.

The purpose of this CPP is to provide a planned approach to community engagement practices to ensure a high level of dialogue with target audiences is in place for Council projects. Council recognises the uniqueness of its diverse and vibrant community. This CPP aims to ensure the area continues to support and provide a rich culture and inclusive community spirit through great regional, urban and rural design.

Although the planning approval processes differ depending on the size and scale of the development, the opportunities for community participation remain. A CPP provides guidance on how the community can have access and input into different types of planning documents on a general level (i.e. local environment plans) and a specific level (i.e. development assessments).

Our CPP also ensures that we are able to meet the requirements that have been set by the State Government via the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act) and through ongoing reforms in the planning system.

Please review the draft CPP, found in the documents tab on the right hand side of this page. You have the opportunity to provide feedback by completing the feedback form below.

Submissions close 18 November 2019.