Section 79C Development Application Evaluation  
  These are the matters that a Consent Authority is to take into account when determining a Development Application and include the provisions of Environmental Planning Instruments, the likely impact of the development including the social and economic impacts in the locality, the suitability of the site and any submissions made in respect of the development. It further provides that:

(a) where an aspect of the proposed development is accredited in accordance with the regulations, a Consent Authority must not refuse to grant consent on the ground that the particular aspect is unsatisfactory; and

(b) where a development complies with non-discretionary development standards, a Consent Authority must not refuse the application on the grounds that those standards are not met nor impose conditions which are more onerous than the standards in question (Section 79C Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW)).