Community engagement report

June 2022

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.

June 2022: Engagement outcomes

Thank you to those that made a submission on our LEP/DCP Discussion paper exhibited between 25 June and 5 September 2021. During the exhibition we received 399 unique responses.

Feedback on the discussion paper indicated our community’s desire to protect the natural environment, retain the area’s unique local character and ensure that the right type of housing is in the right place. Some concerns were raised regarding the impact of consolidating the LEP and DCPs on place-based planning.

Other comments reflected that our community would like to see Council as a leader in sustainability and to address the climate emergency. Responses indicated support for ensuring that new buildings are well-designed and resource efficient.

Some feedback related to individual sites, ranging from single residential lots to larger commercial and industrial sites. These respondents sought specific consideration of future zoning and planning controls. Various schools, churches and other social and recreational groups are looking to protect and better plan for their community uses.

Your feedback on the discussion paper is helping us draft our new Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan (LEP/DCP) to be exhibited in 2023.

Read the detailed community and stakeholder engagement report by clicking the button below.

Exhibition history and related documents

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.

Quick read

Delve into the detail

You are also welcome to read the full discussion plan by clicking on the button below.

Have an enquiry?

Name Paul Christmas
Phone 1300 434 434
In writing

'LEP/DCP Discussion Paper' Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly, NSW 1655

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