State environmental planning policy (vegetation) - explanation of intended effect

10 May 2017


NSW is home to significant amounts of wildlife, natural environments and productive land. Native trees and plants are vital for environmental health, native animals, agriculture and protecting soil and water. In addition to supporting biodiversity, native vegetation is an important part of the natural heritage of urban areas. Communities also value it for its aesthetic, recreational, educational and scientific value.

This document explains how the proposed Vegetation SEPP will regulate the clearing of vegetation in urban areas and environmental conservation/management zones. The Vegetation SEPP aims to promote the conservation of local and regional biodiversity and provide a consistent approach to regulating native vegetation in urban areas and environmental conservation and environmental management zones.