*Please note: Indicative until all comments have been reviewed and final community engagement report is published.
Moving toward new planning rules
We are committed to developing 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 has started and when complete will provide our community with a clearer, simpler and fairer set of planning rules. This will be mainly based on existing controls and does not seek to increase building heights or densities in residential areas, except as provided for by the Northern Beaches Local Housing Strategy, which identifies a need for only 275 additional dwellings within the next 15 years.
A Local Housing Strategy Community Snapshot has also been prepared to make it even easier for you to understand these changes.
To understand your thoughts on this future planning framework, we developed the LEP/DCP Discussion Paper. The paper proposed a number of ideas on which we sought feedback to inform the draft LEP and DCP.
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Our LEP/DCP Discussion Paper explores the issues we need to address and discuss with you as well as proposals to protect the things you love.
The discussion paper identifies issues relating to four key themes from our Local Strategic Planning Statement, and proposes options and approaches to address them.
Each of these themes are equally important, however some are more detailed than others.
As it is lengthy and technical content, we have provided you with several options to navigate the different material:
- Webinar (above) explains the discussion paper purpose and proposals.
- Quick read - flip through our seven-page snapshot that summaries key content.
- Browse by chapter - click on the tiles below to jump to the information that most interests you.
- Full report - to learn in depth content.
- FAQs - an overview of what's proposed. (Scroll down to view)
- Conduct a property search - for property specific zoning and planning information.
Consultation on the discussion paper was carried out between Friday 25 June and Sunday 5 September, 2021. Comments are now closed, and feedback is being reviewed and considered. Community engagement outcomes will be available early 2022.
Read the chapters that interest you
Intro and glossary
Local and state planning controls, key terms and how to use the discussion paper.
A focus on waterway, environmental, recreational and rural zones. Controls to protect our waterways, bushland and biodiversity, scenic areas, Metropolitan Rural Area and urban tree canopy.
Sustainability: Efficiency and resilience
Improving energy, water and waste efficiency and increasing resilience to natural and urban hazards.
Infrastructure and collaboration
Special purpose zones and alignment with the Infrastructure State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) and Education SEPP.
Housing diversity and affordability, residential zones and implementation of our Local Housing Strategy.
Promoting safety and social inclusion, local character, design excellence and heritage protection.
Improving connectivity through parking provisions and encouraging sustainable transport.
For jobs and skills, tourism controls and changes to our business and industrial zones including increased building heights in these zones.
Delve into the detail
You are also welcome to read the full discussion plan by clicking on the button below.
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'LEP/DCP Discussion Paper' Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly, NSW 1655