Local planning statement

Help us shape the character of our area

Last year, in the largest community engagement project council has ever seen, you told us your priorities for the future.

Building on this, 2019 will see us capture your vision for the future land use and character of our area through a new Local Strategic Planning Statement, also known as a local planning statement.

This statement will guide the character of our centres and neighbourhoods into the future. Local residents, businesses and community groups have a central role in shaping that future.

The statement will describe the future we face and what we should do to preserve and enhance our lifestyle in a changing world.  It will map out what we are likely to be doing, what new homes we will need, what activity centres and parks we will want, and where these should be located.  

It will also map important transport connections and infrastructure we will need to easily get around. It will show how we can enhance our precious natural environment, beautiful waterfront, heritage and village character.

The local planning statement will guide future town planning, including the 2020 Local Environment Plan, which will control how land is zoned, the height of buildings, protection of trees and more.

The online survey for this consultation has now closed. Council will be exhibiting the draft local strategic planning statement in the future, please watch this space for opportunities to comment on what is being proposed.

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What is a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will set out:

  • Council's and the community's vision for land-use in the local government area
  • The special characteristics which contribute to our local identity
  • Shared community values to be maintained and enhanced
  • How growth and change will be managed into the future

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Is Council required to have a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

Yes. In March 2018, amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) introduced new requirements for councils to prepare and make Local Strategic Planning Statement.

What is the purpose of a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

The statement will implement actions that Council is required to address under various state government plans. Click here for more information.

But more than that, the local planning statement will act as a unifying document, drawing together and summarising planning priorities identified in these plans and Council’s own community strategic plan (CSP), and Council’s and the community’s vision and priorities for the future.

It will provide the local context and set out local-scale actions and priorities to enhance and future proof our area. It will also identify where further strategic planning investigation may be needed.

What is the role of a Local Strategic Planning Statement in planning?

The statement will provide the reasoning for any future changes to Council’s planning controls and shape how Council’s local environmental plan (LEP) and development control plan (DCP) evolve over time. These controls are used when applicants prepare a development application or when a planning assessment is made. 

How can the community be involved in developing the Local Strategic Planning Statement?

Council has developed a program to involve the community in setting our long term vision and priorities for our local area. Council’s website will be continuously updated about events that the community can attend or be involved with as they are planned.  

Once the local planning statement is available in draft form, it will be published on Council’s website, and available for reviewing at other locations, for at least 28 days. When it is available, Council’s website will be updated with information about where and when it can be viewed.

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