GLOSSARY TERM  
  Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) (EP&A Act)  
 
  DESCRIPTION  
  An Act designed to encourage proper management, development and conservation of natural and artificial resources to promote the welfare of the community, a better environment, the proper and orderly use and development of land and the provision and coordination of community services and facilities. Its objectives are also to pursue ecologically sustainable development and provide opportunities for increased public involvement and participation in environmental planning and assessment.