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Darling Harbour Helipad Planning Process

An EIS will be developed and lodged with the City of Sydney for consideration

The proposed rooftop helipad is classified as an aircraft facility under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation (2000). An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required to be lodged with City of Sydney Council, who is the consent authority. As owner of the site, Place Management NSW needs to provide consent before the DA can be lodged with City of Sydney Council.

Comprehensive environmental and safety assessments will be carried out
The project is in the early stages of investigations. An extensive set of studies will be required as part of the environmental assessment to analyse the potential impacts of the helipad, including a wind, noise and vibration study. The results of these and other studies will be incorporated with an Aeronautical Impact Assessment, which will also determine the proposed flight paths, to be prepared in consultation with the relevant agencies.

Consulting with our neighbours is important
Outcomes of investigations will help to understand potential operations and will inform the design of the Helipad. Safety is a priority and the Helipad will be designed to ensure there is minimal safety risk to hotel guests, the local community and passengers. Early consultation with the local residents, businesses and other stakeholders will start when the technical investigations are underway.

Our project team will meet with a broad range of stakeholders
The Project Team is currently talking to relevant industry stakeholders about potential impacts, considerations and options for operating the helipad.

Community and stakeholder participation in the planning process is a priority for the project. A consultation report will form part of the environmental assessment. Stakeholders and the local community will be notified of the progress of the project. The City of Sydney will notify nearby property owners and the local community about the public exhibition of the planning documentation.

Timeline

Request Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs)
Undertake investigations in accordance with SEARs including engaging with industry stakeholders and relevant authorities
Consult the local community and stakeholders and seek feedback
Refine design and develop a proposal for operations
Update design, incorporating feedback, and finalise EIS
Lodge EIS with City of Sydney for consideration
City of Sydney exhibits EIS and invites community to provide feedback
Receive project determination from City of Sydney
If approved, start construction