Assessing developments in the Sydney drinking water catchment

Assessing developments in the Sydney drinking water catchment

SCA officers meeting with community member

All councils must use the NorBE Assessment Tool when making NorBE assessments.

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011 (SEPP) requires all proposed development in the Sydney drinking water catchment to have a neutral or beneficial effect on water quality (NorBE).

For development proposals relating to Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 , all consent authorities (councils) must use WaterNSW's NorBE Assessment Tool when making NorBE assessments. This helps to provide a consistent and transparent approach to NorBE assessments across the catchment.

WaterNSW has prepared the Neutral or Beneficial Effect on Water Quality Assessment Guideline (PDF, 921.28 KB) to explain the requirements for development approval.

WaterNSW works in partnership with councils in the catchment area and provides training to help councils deliver their responsibilities under the SEPP.

The SEPP also requires public authorities to consider the neutral or beneficial effect on water quality test for all their proposed activities covered by Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. These activities carried out by public authorities can include subdividing land and creating or demolishing structures. To assist public authorities consider NorBE for a proposed activity, WaterNSW has developed a Part 5 NorBE Assessment Template and a Part 5 NorBE Assessment Explanatory Note.

The SEPP also states that all land development and activities in the Sydney drinking water catchment should incorporate WaterNSW's current recommended practices and standards. These are best practice guidelines to protect water quality and cover many key areas of planning and development.

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