Blue Mountains City Council

DCP 2015

The Development Control Plan (DCP) 2015 and related documents are available to download below or at the right of this webpage.

 

The Blue Mountains DCP 2015 works towards a more sustainable future for the Blue Mountains.
 
This DCP is intended to consolidate all current DCPs (including but not limited to the Better Living DCP) into a single citywide plan. The DCP is the companion document to LEP 2015, and provides guidance on achieving the aims of the LEP, facilitating permissible development and achieving the objectives of relevant land use zones.
 
Blue Mountains DCP 2015 provides planning information and guidance on site analysis, as well as environmental, heritage and general controls applicable to the majority of development. It also contains controls for specific development types and development within precinct areas.
 
Adopted: 26 March 2015
Effective: 15 February 2016

The DCP 2015 is available to download - in full and in component parts - either below or at the right of this webpage. Alternatively, print copies are available for purchase at Council's Katoomba and Springwood  offices. 
 
How to use DCP 2015
Blue Mountains DCP 2015 has been designed to be best viewed as an Interactive PDF. The contents of the Blue Mountains DCP 2015 is available to download - in full or component parts - either below or at the right of this webpage.

 

Blue Mountains DCP 2015 in full (large download)

About this DCP and a guide to its use, and key steps in preparing a DA

 

Site analysis and a guide to core controls for site analysis

 

Biodiversity, weed management, landscaping, bushfire, tree & vegetation preservation & water management

Guiding the development of heritage properties and land within Period Housing Areas

 

Controls for providing appropriate services and facilities, with equity and safety

 

Additional provisions for certain types of development

Development controls for specific precinct areas

Notification process for development

A guide to reports & documentation that may be required as part of a DA.

Detailed advice on how to prepare certain documentation to submit with a DA.

Definitions used in Blue Mountains DCP 2015

 

 
 
Will DCP 2015 apply to my land?
DCP 2015 will apply to all land in the Blue Mountains LGA, except for land deferred out of LEP 2015. More information on which land is deferred from LEP 2015 can be found through Council’s Interactive Mapping Tool here.
 
If your property is deferred from LEP 2015 then development on that land will continue to be controlled and guided by the current relevant LEPs and DCPs.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is in Blue Mountains DCP 2015, and how was it prepared?
Blue Mountains DCP 2015 consolidates current DCPs (including but not limited to the Better Living DCP) into a single citywide plan. The DCP is the companion document to LEP 2015, and provides guidance on achieving the aims of the LEP, facilitating permissible development and achieving the objectives of relevant land use zones.
 
Blue Mountains DCP 2015 provides planning information and guidance on site analysis, as well as environmental, heritage and general controls applicable to the majority of development. It also contains controls for specific development types and development within precinct areas. The general structure of DCP 2015 can be seen in the adjoining figure.
 
As well as standard components, the methodology for preparing the new DCP included updating content to meet current industry practice, in addition to incorporating any of the relevant content from LEP 2005 that could not be retained within Standard Instrument LEP format. Like the LEP, it has been designed and produced to be most effective as a digital document.
 
Is Blue Mountains DCP 2015 different to publicly notified Draft DCP 2014?
The Draft Blue Mountains DCP 2014 was publicly notified from 29 October 2014 to 10 December 2014. The submissions received during that notification period were carefully considered, and in combination with an internal review, resulted in some relatively minor amendments to the exhibited document. The other key updates to the exhibited Draft DCP 2014, were made as a result of changes made to LEP 2015 during the finalisation of that plan.
 
Where can I see DCP 2015?
As noted above, the DCP will be available to view and download from Council’s website from 15 February 2016. Hardcopies of DCP 2015 will also be available for viewing during normal business hours at Council’s offices at Springwood and Katoomba. DCP 2015 (like the LEP) has been designed and produced to be most effectively used as a digital document, and will be linked to LEP 2015 and the associated maps.