Interim biodiversity arrangements extended 12 months
OEH has cited the Department of Planning and Environment’s need for additional time to finalise strategic conservation planning for key growth areas and transport corridors in Western Sydney.
The Interim Designated Areas in the Lower Hunter, Central Coast, Coffs Harbour and West Dapto Urban Release Area will all end on 25 November 2018. Given strategic conservation plans and Special Infrastructure Contributions (which may fund biodiversity conservation) are nearing finalisation in the Hunter and West Dapto, UDIA NSW is asking for a similar IDA extension in these areas. It does not make sense to subject DA applicants in these areas to the new biodiversity offsets scheme for the short period until biodiversity conservation is resolved.