In New South Wales, development consent authorities must consider the likely impacts, including the social impacts, of proposed development activity. Most NSW Councils rely upon Statements of Environmental Effects to inform their consent decisions in relation to the likely impacts of proposed development activity. This article discusses Parramatta City Council's direct action to integrate Social Impact Assessment (SIA) more clearly into its development assessment processes to ensure better informed decision-making as the consent authority. This process will foster SIA as a mechanism for deeper community involvement in planning processes. This article argues that integrating SIA into local government planning can increase transparency and accountability for all stakeholders in relation to the social outcomes of development, and in the Parramatta case, will strengthen the reliability of responses to the State Metropolitan Plan 2036 and reporting on the Parramatta Community Strategic Plan 2036.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Local government law journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|