Development in the catchment

Development in the catchment

Every year there is a range of new residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural development and activities in Sydney drinking water catchment.

All proposed developments in this catchment are required by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011 to have a neutral or beneficial effect on water quality (NorBE).

Councils in the catchment carry out assessments of these NorBE requirements and refer complex development applications (DAs) to WaterNSW for concurrence.

All public authorities, such as government departments, are also required to assess whether their proposals have a NorBE.

The following quick guide to development in the catchment aims to help you understand the DA process and how you can meet the water quality requirements for your development proposal:


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