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Contents (2004 - 143)
State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004
Current version for 14 July 2017 to date (accessed 24 October 2017 at 16:51)
Chapter 3 Part 1A
Part 1A Site compatibility certificates
24   Site compatibility certificates required for certain development applications
(1)  This clause applies to a development application made pursuant to this Chapter in respect of development for the purposes of seniors housing (other than dual occupancy) if:
(a)  the development is proposed to be carried out on any of the following land to which this Policy applies:
(i)  land that adjoins land zoned primarily for urban purposes,
(ii)  land that is within a zone that is identified as “special uses” under another environmental planning instrument (other than land on which development for the purposes of hospitals is permitted),
(iii)  land that is used for the purposes of an existing registered club, or
(b)  the development application involves buildings having a floor space ratio that would require the consent authority to grant consent under clause 45.
(1A)  Despite subclause (1), this clause does not apply to a development application made pursuant to this Chapter in respect of development for the purposes of seniors housing if the proposed development is permissible with consent on the land concerned under the zoning of another environmental planning instrument.
(2)  A consent authority must not consent to a development application to which this clause applies unless the consent authority is satisfied that the Director-General has certified in a current site compatibility certificate that, in the Director-General’s opinion:
(a)  the site of the proposed development is suitable for more intensive development, and
(b)  development for the purposes of seniors housing of the kind proposed in the development application is compatible with the surrounding environment having regard to (at least) the criteria specified in clause 25 (5) (b).
Note.
 Clause 50 (2A) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 requires a development application to which this clause applies to be accompanied by a site compatibility certificate.
(3)  Nothing in this clause:
(a)  prevents a consent authority from:
(i)  granting consent to a development application to which this clause applies to carry out development that is on a smaller (but not larger) scale than the kind of development in respect of which a site compatibility certificate was issued, or
(ii)  refusing to grant consent to a development application to which this clause applies by reference to the consent authority’s own assessment of the compatibility of the proposed development with the surrounding environment, or
(b)  otherwise limits the matters to which a consent authority may or must have regard (or of which a consent authority must be satisfied under another provision of this Policy) in determining a development application to which this clause applies.
Note.
 Nothing in this clause affects a consent authority’s duty to give effect to non-discretionary standards set out in this Policy. See, for example, clauses 48, 49 and 50.
(4)    (Repealed)
25   Application for site compatibility certificate
(1)  An application for a site compatibility certificate for the purposes of clause 24 may be made to the Director-General:
(a)  by the owner of the land on which the development is proposed to be carried out, or
(b)  by any other person, with the consent of the owner of that land.
(2)  An application must be:
(a)  in writing, and
(b)  in the form (if any) approved by the Director-General from time to time, and
(c)  accompanied by such documents and information as the Director-General may require.
Note.
 Clause 262A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 provides for the maximum fee for an application for a site compatibility certificate.
(3)  Subject to subclause (4) (b), the Director-General must provide a copy of the application to the General Manager of the council for the area in which the development concerned is proposed to be carried out (the relevant General Manager) within the period of 7 days after the application is made.
(4)  Subject to subclause (5), the Director-General:
(a)  may determine the application by issuing a certificate or refusing to do so, and
(b)  if the Director-General refuses to issue a certificate at any time within the period of 7 days after the application is made—is not required to comply with subclause (3).
(5)  The Director-General must not issue a site compatibility certificate unless the Director-General:
(a)  has taken into account the written comments (if any) concerning the consistency of the proposed development with the criteria referred to in paragraph (b) that are received from the relevant General Manager within 21 days after the application for the certificate was made, and
(b)  is of the opinion that the proposed development is compatible with the surrounding land uses having regard to (at least) the following criteria:
(i)  the natural environment (including known significant environmental values, resources or hazards) and the existing uses and approved uses of land in the vicinity of the proposed development,
(ii)  the impact that the proposed development is likely to have on the uses that, in the opinion of the Director-General, are likely to be the future uses of that land,
(iii)  the services and infrastructure that are or will be available to meet the demands arising from the proposed development (particularly, retail, community, medical and transport services having regard to the location and access requirements set out in clause 26) and any proposed financial arrangements for infrastructure provision,
(iv)  in the case of applications in relation to land that is zoned open space or special uses—the impact that the proposed development is likely to have on the provision of land for open space and special uses in the vicinity of the development,
(v)  without limiting any other criteria, the impact that the bulk, scale, built form and character of the proposed development is likely to have on the existing uses, approved uses and future uses of land in the vicinity of the development,
(vi)  if the development may involve the clearing of native vegetation that is subject to the requirements of section 12 of the Native Vegetation Act 2003—the impact that the proposed development is likely to have on the conservation and management of native vegetation.
(6)  Without limiting subclause (4) (a), the Director-General may refuse to issue a certificate if the Director-General considers that the development is likely to have an adverse effect on the environment.
(7)  A certificate may certify that the development to which it relates is compatible with the surrounding land uses only if it satisfies certain requirements specified in the certificate.
(8)  The Director-General must, if it is reasonably practicable to do so, determine an application within 35 days after it is lodged.
(9)  A certificate remains current for a period of 24 months after the date on which it is issued by the Director-General.
(10)  The provisions of subclauses (3) and (5) (a) do not apply in relation to the determination of an application for a site compatibility certificate if the Director-General has delegated the function of determining the application to the council for the area in which the development concerned is proposed to be carried out.
Note.
 Section 23 of the Act enables the Director-General to delegate to a council any of the functions of the Director-General imposed or conferred by or under the Act or any other Act.