Building a single planning framework

Good planning is all about looking ahead and ensuring we have the housing, infrastructure, services and environment to support our lives now and for the future.

Over the next two years we will be working with our community to bring together our current local planning controls to create one new planning framework that will guide and manage future development in the Northern Beaches.

Our planning framework is made up of a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) which is used to control development of land in a Local Government Area and a Development Control Plan (DCP) which provides detailed local planning and design guidelines to support the planning controls in the LEP.

A single LEP and DCP for the Northern Beaches will provide our community a clearer, simpler and fairer set of planning rules.

We started this process last year with the release of our Local Strategic Planning Statement – Towards 2040 which outlines the future vision for the Northern Beaches and our commitment to a sustainable future. Towards 2040 is one of the building blocks in the new planning framework that integrates regional directions set by the Greater Sydney Commission and the community priorities identified in our Community Strategic Plan – Shape 2028.

A series of technical studies and reviews are now underway. We will be inviting community comment on these over the coming 12 months.

Later this year, we will be publicly exhibiting the draft Local Housing Strategy. A Discussion Paper on key LEP issues is proposed for early 2021.

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Upcoming consultation

Technical studies and reviews

A series of technical studies and reviews are now underway. We will be inviting community comment as they are completed.

This study will provide a high-level strategy and vision for employment lands across the Northern Beaches, identify opportunities for job and economic growth in the LGA and provide precinct-specific directions and land use planning principles.

The Northern Beaches Employment Study – Background Report was a review of the current policy landscape, socioeconomic profile, and general economic trends and drivers to identify a number of challenges and opportunities. These will be further tested and refined during the development of the Employment Study.

The background report was made available as supporting documentation during the exhibition of the Northern Beaches Local Strategic Planning Statement – Towards 2040 in late 2019.

This study will provide an overarching analysis of social infrastructure supply, demand, type, quality and trends in the Northern Beaches, to assist Council in aligning growth and infrastructure over the next 20 years.

The Northern Beaches Social Infrastructure Study - Issues and Opportunities Background Paper provides an overview of existing social infrastructure in the Northern Beaches that will inform the preparation of this study.

This study will assess local character across the Local Government Area, identify important scenic and cultural landscapes, capture community aspirations for the future character of places in the Northern Beaches. It will also recommend how local character can be considered in the new planning framework.

The Environment Study will identify areas of the natural environment to protect, clearly state why it should be protected and define opportunities for improvement of the natural environment and the built environment.

The Background Paper – Planning for our Environment identifies the environmental values of the Northern Beaches across six identified environmental priorities.

The background paper was made available as supporting documentation during the exhibition of the Northern Beaches Local Strategic Planning Statement – Towards 2040 in late 2019.

This study will review and analyse existing current built form planning controls across the LGA and prepare guiding principles and place-based built form controls to be used to inform the new Northern Beaches Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan.

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.

This assessment will deliver risk-informed land use planning controls having regard to the extent and potential impact of bushfire in the Deferred Lands.

This will review and report on existing environmental information and undertake flora and fauna surveys and associated reporting in the Deferred Lands.

This is a review of Council’s existing biodiversity planning provision. It will make recommendations for new planning controls to protect biodiversity across the LGA.

The review will also develop consolidated and updated biodiversity spatial layers to be adopted in the new planning framework.

This project will review Council’s existing riparian zones and planning controls and make recommendations to inform the development of a more consistent approach to watercourse and riparian protection through provisions in the new LEP and DCP.

This study will analyse the extent of coastal inundation on properties located along the foreshores of Cottage Point at Cowan Creek. Estuarine planning levels will be determined for each hazard affected property and applied as a method of managing flooding risk to those properties. Coastal inundation is an existing risk as well as a future risk. Sea level rise will have an impact on coastal inundation levels in the future. As a part of the study, sea level rise analysis will be undertaken to understand how the risk may increase in the future and thereby better inform the calculation of estuarine planning levels.

This study will analyse the extent of coastal inundation on properties located along the foreshores of North Harbour and Middle Harbour. Estuarine planning levels will be determined for each hazard affected property and applied as a method of managing flooding risk to those properties. Coastal inundation is an existing risk as well as a future risk. Sea level rise will have an impact on coastal inundation levels in the future. As a part of the study, sea level rise analysis will be undertaken to understand how the risk may increase in the future and thereby better inform the calculation of estuarine planning levels.


Learn more about the planning building blocks

Timeline

  • Timeline item 1

    Late 2019: LEP Review and Health Check

    Reported to Council and submitted to NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

  • Timeline item 2

    March 2020: Local Strategic Planning Statement finalised

    Made and adopted by Council, supported by the Greater Sydney Commission

  • Timeline item 3

    August 2020: Local Housing Strategy - online focus groups

  • Timeline item 4

    August - September 2020: Environmental Zones - online focus groups

    Expressions of interest closed

  • Timeline item 5

    Late 2020: Draft Local Housing Strategy

    Public Exhibition

  • Timeline item 6

    Late 2020 - mid 2021: Technical Studies finalised

    Staggered release of studies as they are finalised with comments invited

  • Timeline item 7

    March - April 2021: Discussion Paper released

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

  • Timeline item 8

    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

    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

    2023: Council adopts final LEP and DCP

  • Timeline item 11

    ​ 2023: LEP gazetted and DCP commenced

    DPIE gazettes new LEP following drafting by Legal Counsel, and Council makes DCP commence by formal notification

Contact us

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

Name Carla Davies
Phone 8495 6268
Email LEP@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au