Opportunities to have your say

Coming mid 2021

Creating a single planning framework

We are committed to a devising and implementing a planning framework that supports not just our requirements but the community’s values and aspirations for our area.

The way we plan for the area’s growth and regulate development is undertaken through local environmental plans (LEPs) and development controls plans (DCPs).

Until now, we have been managing planning controls in line with each of the former council areas adopted LEPs and DCPs.

Development of a single LEP and DCP for the Northern Beaches is underway and when complete will provide our community with a clearer, simpler and fairer set of planning rules.

To understand your thoughts on this future planning framework, we are developing a discussion paper that will be exhibited later this year.

The discussion paper will allow us to test our ideas before finalising a draft LEP and DCP, that will then be formally exhibited with the approval of Council and the Department of Planning Industry and Environment.

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Why are we reviewing our planning controls?

There are several reasons why we’re looking to review the current planning framework.

Primarily being the amalgamation of the three former councils into one, requiring a single planning framework that encompasses the intent of the existing:

Other factors that are driving a single planning framework include:

  • aligning with the vision expressed through Towards 2040, and supporting the ambition of our Community Strategic Plan, Shape 2028, to “effectively plan for future growth by balancing regional priorities with local values”
  • aligning with the priorities and actions of Towards 2040
  • incorporating the findings of a number of technical studies and reviews (as identified on our Planning Our Sustainable Future project page).

        Planning Our Sustainable Future