Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
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Schedule 2
Schedule 2 Environmental impact statements
(Clauses 72 and 230)
1   Summary
A summary of the environmental impact statement.
2   Statement of objectives
A statement of the objectives of the development or activity.
3   Analysis of alternatives
An analysis of any feasible alternatives to the carrying out of the development or activity, having regard to its objectives, including the consequences of not carrying out the development or activity.
4   Environmental assessment
An analysis of the development or activity, including:
(a)  a full description of the development or activity, and
(b)  a general description of the environment likely to be affected by the development or activity, together with a detailed description of those aspects of the environment that are likely to be significantly affected, and
(c)  the likely impact on the environment of the development or activity, and
(d)  a full description of the measures proposed to mitigate any adverse effects of the development or activity on the environment, and
(e)  a list of any approvals that must be obtained under any other Act or law before the development or activity may lawfully be carried out.
5   Compilation of measures to mitigate adverse effects
A compilation (in a single section of the environmental impact statement) of the measures referred to in item 4 (d).
6   Justification of development
(1)  The reasons justifying the carrying out of the development or activity in the manner proposed, having regard to biophysical, economic and social considerations, including the following principles of ecologically sustainable development:
(a)  the precautionary principle, namely, that if there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent environmental degradation.
In the application of the precautionary principle, public and private decisions should be guided by:
(i)  careful evaluation to avoid, wherever practicable, serious or irreversible damage to the environment, and
(ii)  an assessment of the risk-weighted consequences of various options,
(b)  inter-generational equity, namely, that the present generation should ensure that the health, diversity and productivity of the environment are maintained or enhanced for the benefit of future generations,
(c)  conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity, namely, that conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity should be a fundamental consideration,
(d)  improved valuation, pricing and incentive mechanisms, namely, that environmental factors should be included in the valuation of assets and services, such as:
(i)  polluter pays, that is, those who generate pollution and waste should bear the cost of containment, avoidance or abatement,
(ii)  the users of goods and services should pay prices based on the full life cycle of costs of providing goods and services, including the use of natural resources and assets and the ultimate disposal of any waste,
(iii)  environmental goals, having been established, should be pursued in the most cost effective way, by establishing incentive structures, including market mechanisms, that enable those best placed to maximise benefits or minimise costs to develop their own solutions and responses to environmental problems.