Review of Environmental Factors

About Review of Environmental Factors (REFs)

EMAP Consulting specialises in Review of Environmental Factors (REFs). This is a type of environmental impact assessment required under Part 5 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, when the proponent of a propsed activity and the determing authority are one and the same.

We have developed a range of resources and templates, and have access to a range of planning databases that can help to determine how detailed your REF needs to be.

Recent Experience

REF Templates and Resources for LGNSW Council Roadside Reserves Projects

REF for Emergency Overflow Storage Facilities at Wasterwater Pump Station sites in Shoalhaven Local Government Area

REF Addenda for Reclaimed Water Mains (REMS) 1B Revised Project Scope

REF Resources

We provide the following links to resources that might assist you with your next REF:

REF Guidelines

We have prepared so many REFs, that we decided to share some of our expertise with our clients. Click this link to download our free REF Guidelines resource.

Online Mapping Resources

EMAP Consulting hosts a number of online webmaps and apps tailored to perform automated searches of spatial databases to inform an REF report. This can save hours of time usually spent searching for this information from multiple sources.

REF Templates

There are many REF Templates and resources out there, but be sure to take into consideration that some online templates are outdated, due to changes in relevant legislation. The links provided here reference current legislation, and may be useful as a starting point for your next REF: