A planning proposal is a document prepared by the Council which explains the intended outcomes and justification for a proposed environmental planning instrument such as a local environmental plan (LEP). A planning proposal may deal with a minor change to an existing LEP or it may aim to introduce a new precinct or municipal-wide LEP. In the case of a minor LEP change, a planning proposal may seek to allow different land uses for a property or to change development standards such as a maximum building height, floor space ratio or foreshore building line.
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The basic content of a planning proposal is set out in a number of documents:
Additionally, applicants should visit the Department of Planning and Environment's website to view information about the local environmental plan making process including information about the Standard Instrument, the gateway process, local planning directions, LEP practice notes and circulars, model local provisions and LEP mapping standards.
This basic content may be supplemented by studies, reports, architectural plans, drawings and other graphical information that assists with explaining and justifying the planning proposal.
A land owner may request that the Council prepare a planning proposal relating to the owner's land. As a condition of preparing the proposal, the Council can require the owner to carry out studies or provide other information concerning the proposal or to pay the costs and expenses of the Council. The Council and the land owner will enter into an arrangement regarding the payment of the Council's costs in assessing the request and preparing the planning proposal.
Changes to Woollahra LEP 2014 initiated through a planning proposal may require associated or consequential changes to Woollahra DCP 2015.
A local environmental plan (LEP) is a statutory planning instrument which controls development and implements planning policies for a local government area. An LEP may contain provisions to protect and improve the environment and to control activities and development that can be carried out on a property or within a building. It can also regulate the scale and form of new buildings, protect trees and conserve buildings and places. An LEP may apply to an entire local area, part of an area or a single property.
Woollahra LEP 2014 is based on the Standard Instrument Principle Local Environmental Plan. This is the State Government's template for all LEPs within New South Wales. The ability to amend Woollahra LEP 2014 is constrained and governed by mandatory provisions within the Standard Instrument, various local model clauses and planning practice notes prepared by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, ministerial directions and State policies and strategies.
This means that certain existing provisions within Woollahra LEP 2014 cannot be changed or removed. Furthermore, it may not be possible to add new provisions to Woollahra LEP 2014 sought by a developer through a planning proposal.
Purpose of the consultation service
Before an application for a planning proposal is made to Council, it is recommended that applicants meet with Council's strategic planners to discuss the proposed changes to Woollahra LEP 2014 and any associated or consequential changes to Woollahra DCP 2015. Our pre-application service gives applicants the opportunity to discuss their requested changes and receive written comment prior to lodging an application. The pre-application meeting is also an opportunity to establish whether the proposed changes are possible within the limitations imposed by the Standard Instrument, model clauses and the Department's practice notes.
Booking a meeting
You can book a pre-application meeting by completing and submitting the pre-application form (PDF).
Preparing for the meeting
Before the meeting, applicants should become familiar with the planning proposal process and the information that must be contained in a planning proposal (see above in 'What is a planning proposal?').
After the meeting
After the meeting, applicants will receive a letter, which incorporates the minutes from the meeting, identifies issues and sets out information that should be provided with an application for a planning proposal. These responses by Council are relevant to the meeting and to the details provided by the applicant at that time. The Council may require additional information once the application is submitted.
The pre-application meeting will not determine the outcome of an application and does not bind Council. The service provides useful early comment regarding an application and can help the applicant in determining whether to proceed with an application.
We recommend that you get expert help from a qualified town planner when preparing an application for a planning proposal. Other professionals may also be necessary to assist with providing justification for the requested changes. Professional help is most relevant where the requested change to Woollahra LEP 2014 is likely to be a precursor to a future development application. In such cases it may be necessary to provide information about the potential impacts of developments.
Download and complete the application form (PDF). The application form sets out the information that must be provided with an application. We prefer that you lodge the application together with supporting studies and information in person at:
Customer Service Centre, Redleaf, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay.
Applicants may choose to submit the information required by section 55(2) of the Act regarding the content of a planning proposal in a manner that follows the format set out in chapter 2 of A Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals. This information will be integrated with the planning proposal prepared by Council.
Documentation, including supporting studies and investigations should be submitted in hardcopy (two copies) and as an electronic PDF file.
If you are submitting a request for a planning proposal and you or any person with a financial interest in the request made a donation or gift to any Councillor or you made a gift to any Council employee, you may need to make a disclosure statement as part of the application for a planning proposal. You can download a Political donations and gifts disclosure statement form (PDF) which includes explanatory information.
Council's strategic planners will assess the application. The process will involve:
If the Council decides to support your application it will commence the planning proposal process. The general steps involve:
Review options relating to steps in the planning proposal process are available to a proponent and the Council. These options apply to the pre-gateway and post gateway determination stages and are set out in the document titled A Guide to Preparing Local Environmental Plans (NSW Department of Planning and Environment, August 2016).
A fee of $2,560 covers the meeting, assessment of information and written response. Should a further pre-application meeting be required, an additional fee of $640.50 will be required.
Assessing request and preparing planning proposal
Fees are NOT payable upon lodgement. An invoice will be issued to the Applicant.
The costs for assessing the application and preparing a planning proposal will depend on the nature and complexity of the request.
The level of complexity will be assessed by the Strategic Planning Team, and the request will be categorised as either Minor or Major.
Once the Strategic Planning Team has categorised the request and identified if any additional information is required, an invoice will be issued to the Applicant.
Minor planning proposal
|Stage 1 - up to gateway determination||$14,350 (GST exempt)||All steps up to and including submission of planning proposal to Department of Planning & Environment for gateway determination if endorsed by Council. May include changes to Woollahra DCP 2015.|
|Stage 2 - post gateway determination||$6,150 (GST exempt)||All steps up to publication of the amending LEP subject to Council support. May include changes to Woollahra DCP 2015.|
Major planning proposal
|Stage 1 - up to gateway determination||$31,775 (GST exempt)||All steps up to and including submission of planning proposal to Department of Planning & Environment for gateway determination if endorsed by Council. May include changes to Woollahra DCP 2015.|
|Stage 2 - post gateway determination||$16,400 (GST exempt)|
All steps up to publication of the amending LEP subject to Council support. May include changes to Woollahra DCP 2015.
Enquiries may be made to the Council's Strategic Planning Department by phoning 9391 7087.