On 18 October 2017 The NSW government introduced the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017 which amends the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Planning authorities will be required to develop community participation plans which outline how they will consult the public regarding their planning decisions. There will also need to be public exhibition periods for any plans. Local strategic planning statements will be required to state the economic, social and environmental foundations for a Council’s planning decisions. A regulation will introduce a uniform style for development control plans.