In preparing the new LEP, there are two distinct stages where consultation must be undertaken. The first stage (section 62 'Consultation') provides for preliminary consultation about the ideas and opportunities for changes. The second stage (section 66 'Public exhibition of draft local environmental plan’) provides for consultation on the draft plan.
The consultation requirements of making an LEP are set out by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.
The flowchart (PDF, 20 KB) illustrates the LEP making process, highlights the consultation stages, and identifies which stage of the process we are currently at.
Section 62 of the Act requires that when preparing the new LEP, Council must consult with public authorities, adjoining local councils and other persons as Council determines. We are currently at this stage of preparing Woollahra’s new LEP.
Consultation is focused on key strategic land use and policy matters that may inform or influence Council’s planning direction when preparing the new LEP. Planning staff and the Strategic Planning Working Party are working together to identify how the strategic and policy matters may most appropriately be given effect through the planning controls in the LEP.
Section 66 of the Act requires Council to publicly exhibit the new LEP for a minimum of 28 days. Consultation is on the LEP in its entirety. Community consultation is broad and comprehensive, as well as targeted at stakeholders that are materially affected by a change proposed in the new LEP.
See Public consultation for further information on this stage of the process.