What are Local Environmental Plans?
Local Environmental Plans prepared by Councils, guide planning decisions for a Local Government area. Through zoning and development controls, they allow Councils to supervise the ways in which land is used. Development control plans provide specific, more comprehensive guidelines for types of development, or small sections of the planned area. Councils can use development control plans to make local planning more detailed, or adopt their own codes. These allow the Council to provide specific, more comprehensive planning policies for individual types of development, or particular sections of the Local Government area.
How is a Local Environmental Plan prepared?
- The Local Environmental Plan is proposed, by a local Council or by the Minister for Planning.
- The Council carries out a Local Environmental Study. This deals with topics like environmental conservation, housing and settlement, and suitable infrastructure development for industry. It allows the Council to identify and focus on important issues.
- The Council prepares a draft plan, assisted by general directives from the Minister for Planning. The Council then invites the community to comment on the plan, along with the Local Environmental Study.
- The Council considers the comments made by members of the public, and may incorporate them into the draft plan.
- With the Minister's approval, the Plan becomes law and is published in the Government Gazette.
Council's Local Environmental Plan
The LEP is consistent with the new format for Local Environmental Plans required by the State Government.
The Standard Instrument - Principal Local Environmental Plan: a number of environmental planning instruments and Directions made under Section 117 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 substantially govern the content and operation of the Draft LEP. These documents form part of the exhibition. Any submissions made pursuant to Section 57 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 should have regard to this statutory framework.
To view LEP Maps for either area, click the links above and then click the map icon in the top right hand corner