Planning Proposals

A Planning Proposal is required where a landowner or stakeholder seeks to amend the planning controls contained within Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

Land rezoning is an example of a process that requires a Planning Proposal to amend the planning controls relating to a parcel(s) of land. Rezoning land can result in an increase or decrease to the range of permissible uses or change the development standards that are applicable. Land can only be rezoned through a formal amendment to the Canada Bay Local Environmental Plan 2013.

What is a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)?

A LEP is prepared by Council to guide planning decisions for the local government area and is principally made up of a written instrument and associated maps. Through zoning and development standards, it allows Council to moderate the ways in which land is used.

A LEP is prepared in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act 1979), and Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure.

Planning Proposal to amend the LEP

The preparation of a planning proposal is the first step in making an amendment to the existing LEP. A planning proposal is a document that explains the intended effect of, and justification for, the proposed amendment.  Planning Proposals are to be prepared in accordance with the following guidelines:

The City of Canada Bay's role

The first step in the process is to talk to a Planner in Council's Strategic Planning team. Staff can explain the process and provide advice specific to the proposal.

A planning proposal must be formally considered at a Council meeting. Council officers will make a report to Council on the merits of the proposal. Council does not have to support applications for rezoning of land. Similarly, a Council resolution to prepare a planning proposal or an amendment to the LEP does not necessarily guarantee that the proposal or rezoning will proceed.

Online tracking of a Planning Proposal

An online tracking system is available for any person to follow the process of a Planning Proposal once it has been submitted to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure by Council.

What information needs to be submitted with a Planning Proposal Application?

A planning proposal application must be accompanied by a completed Council application form as well as additional information to support the proposal.

Planning proposal applications will require external planning expertise on behalf of the applicant. It is recommended that a town planning consultant be engaged for the preparation of planning proposal applications, regardless of whether the proposal is of a minor or major nature. Other specialist consultants may also be needed to provide technical input to the proposal.

Click here for a Planning Proposal Application Form

Minor LEP or DCP - $10,300  

Major DCP - $30,000

Major LEP - $100,000 

Note: A Minor LEP generally refers to a single allotment spot rezoning generated by a planning anomaly or inconsistency, or minor amendments such as the modification of a development standard. These rezoning are generally not complex or contentious. A Major LEP refers to all other rezoning applications submitted to Council. Please confirm with Council’s Strategic Planning team whether the Planning Proposal is “minor” or “major” prior to submitting Planning Proposal. Fees for both major and minor LEP amendments are not refundable.

Further information about the process can be obtained from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Council's Strategic Planning team can be contacted on 9911 6555.

Current planning proposals

Station Precinct Rhodes

Rhodes Station Precinct - concept image

The Station Precinct is generally located adjacent to Rhodes train station and is generally bound by Mary Street, Walker Street, Gauthorpe Street and Marquet Street.

A Planning Proposal was prepared to facilitate the redevelopment of the site for residential apartments, a new 'laneway style' shopping centre, a Recreation Centre and new pedestrian links.

The Planning Proposal, draft Development Control Plan and Voluntary Planning Agreements were exhibited for public comment from 12 May 2015 to 16 June 2015. A report on the outcome of the exhibition period was considered on 15 September 2015 where Council determined that the proposal had sufficient merit to proceed to finalisation.

When making this decision, Council determined that the land known as 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 Marquet Street and 4 Mary Street was to be deferred from the Planning Proposal due to unresolved concerns in relation to the coordinated development of these sites.

Further enquiries can be directed to Council's Strategic Planning team on 9911 6410.

Image: artist's impression of shopping centre entrance, Rhodes Station Precinct.

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Planning Proposal - 25 George Street, North Strathfield


Rezoning of 25 George Street, North Strathfield (SP 22302).

What's it about

A Gateway Determination dated 11th of April 2017 has been received.

  • Planning Proposal. This Planning Proposal seeks to rezone the land from IN1 General Industrial to R3 Medium Density Residential and apply new Height of Building and Floor Space Ratio standards to the site.
  • Draft Development Control Plan (DCP). The draft DCP is proposed to be amended to provide site specific built form controls for individual sites within the Concord West Master Plan Precinct.

For enquiries please contact Council's Strategic Planning team on 9911 6410.



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Planning Proposal - 160 Burwood Road Concord

The City of Canada Bay has received a Planning Proposal to rezone land at 160 Burwood Road, Concord.

The Planning Proposal seeks to rezone the land from IN1 General Industrial to B4 Mixed Use to facilitate the future development of the site for shops and residential apartments. The Planning Proposal also includes a Letter of Offer to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement. 

Given the strong interest of residents in the future of this site, we want to provide local residents an overview of the process the City of Canada Bay will follow to review the Planning Proposal and ensure that the local community has the ability to provide comment and input. 

To commence the process, the following three steps will be undertaken by Council: 

1. An assessment of the Planning Proposal; 
2. Refer the Planning Proposal application for independent advice, including to the Canada Bay Local Planning Panel; 
3. A report will then be prepared for consideration at a future Council meeting. At this meeting Council will decide whether the proposal has sufficient merit to be forwarded to the Minister for Planning and Environment. 

Should Council resolve to support the Planning Proposal, the Minister or his delegate will then decide whether the Planning Proposal should proceed, and if so, will confirm the community consultation that is to be undertaken. 

At this point in the process, all residents and landowners likely to be impacted will be notified and will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the Planning Proposal in the form of written submissions to Council. All submissions received in relation to the exhibited Planning Proposal will be reviewed and a report on the outcome of the exhibition will be prepared for consideration at a Council meeting. At the meeting, Council will determine whether the Planning Proposal should be approved or refused. 

A copy of the Planning Proposal and supporting information is provided under Related documents below. Hard copies of the Planning Proposal can also be viewed at the City of Canada Bay Administration Centre in Drummoyne or at Concord Library. 

Should you have any questions with respect to the above information, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning team on 9911 6410.

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Planning Proposal - Victoria Road, Drummoyne

On the 25th of October 2018, the Minister for Planning issued a Gateway Determination, permitting the Planning Proposal and Draft Development Control Plan – Part F2.1 to be placed on public exhibition.  All relevant documentation will be on public exhibition from 11 December 2018 – 28th February 2019.  

The Proposal seeks to amend Canada Bay Local Environmental Plan 2013 to:

  • rezone part of the site from R2 Low Density Residential to B4 Mixed Use;
  • increase the maximum building height across the site from 8.5m to 14m;
  • apply a bonus maximum building height of 20m for 63-69 Victoria Road where a minimum site area of 2,500m2 is achieved;
  • increase the maximum floor space ratio (FSR) for 63-69 Victoria Road and 45 Day Street from 0.5:1 and 1:1 to 2.1:1;
  • increase FSR for 53 Victoria Road and 46 Thornley Street from 0.5:1 and 1:1 to 1.7:1; and
  • apply a bonus FSR to a maximum of 2.25:1 across the site where a minimum site area of 2,500m2 is achieved.

Draft Development Control Plan

An amendment to the Canada Bay Development Control Plan under Part F - Mixed Use Areas and Neighbourhood Centres, Section 2.1 – Victoria Road, Drummoyne is proposed to reflect the development outcome sought by the Planning Proposal. A Draft Development Control Plan is provided within the related items below.  

Draft Planning Agreement

A Planning Agreement is proposed to be entered into, to deliver monetary contributions towards improvements Brett Park and Drummoyne Pool. A Draft Planning Agreement has been prepared and is provided within related items below.

Further enquiries should be directed to Council’s Strategic Planning team on 9911 6555.

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