The NSW environmental assessment process can seem clunky, regimented and confusing. For the benefit of people who have limited experience with the process, we would like to provide the following information and comments.
Environmental assessment is a process whereby a proposed development is firstly documented with sufficient detail to enable clear understanding of the development. The key environmental issues are then identified and assessed against the relevant legislation, planning policies, development codes and best practice guidelines. The assessment is documented in a report (e.g. Statement of Environmental Effects), which is then considered by the relevant decision-making body i.e. local council.
Environmental assessment of proposed developments is one of GeoLINK’s core services. Over the past 25 years, we have assessed many different proposed developments including hospitals, schools, public buildings, residential estates, industrial precincts, music festivals, sports fields and roads.
We believe we do a good job and undertake our work in a professional manner.
Almost every proposed development we assess has its supporters and opponents and we always aim to be unbiased.