Report preparation stage

Environmental Zones Review

Council is committed to demonstrating a clear process for establishing the principles and criteria for identifying land suitability and recommending future zoning.

As part of Planning our Sustainable Future, we are undertaking a review of existing land use zones used in the four current Local Environment Plans (LEPs).

We know our community is passionate about protecting the environment, so we would like your involvement in the review of Environmental Zones (also known as E Zones).

The Environmental Zones Review will help us establish which land areas are included in, or excluded from, Environmental Zones. It will also identify a criteria, proposed land uses and include mapping of proposed zones.

We’ll be providing a range of opportunities for you to get involved and provide feedback during the review.

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Diagram 1: Environmental Zones Review Process


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Jun/Jul 2020: Review existing Environmental Zones information

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Aug 2020: Expression of Interest - Focus groups and site visits

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Sep/Oct 2020: Focus group sessions

    • Five online focus groups of fourteen participants each.
    • Online survey sent to all participants and all who registered their interest in participating.

    View selection process methodology.

  • Timeline item 4 - active

    Dec 2020: First round site visits

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Early 2021: Develop and test Environmental Zone profiles

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Mid 2021: Discussion Paper released

    Opportunity for the community to discuss key elements of Council’s zoning framework, including Environmental Zones (E Zones).

  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete

    Mid 2021: Submissions analysis and further site visits if required

  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

    Late 2021: Draft LEP / DCP report to Council

    Seeking Council adoption of the draft LEP/DCP and to seek a Gateway Determination from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

  • Timeline item 9 - incomplete

    Mid 2022: Draft LEP/DCP statutory exhibition

    Formal public exhibition of the draft LEP and DCP following issue of a Gateway Determination from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

  • Timeline item 10 - incomplete

    Early 2023: Seek Council adoption of final LEP and DCP

  • Timeline item 11 - incomplete

    Mid 2023: LEP gazetted and DCP in force

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Brett Slavin
Phone 8495 7127

Thanks for your interest