Background studies form part of the planning proposal for a local environmental plan. As Local Environmental Plan 2015 was primarily a translation exercise the supporting studies for LEP 2005 were relevant.

Listed are background and supporting studies endorsed by the Council and used to develop planning proposals.

Name Outline Year Download

Rural Lands Planning Study

The objectives of the study included maintaining and enhancing the diversity of native flora, fauna and waterways, managing the impact of development, improving community access to health, recreation and sporting facilities, keeping rural residents safe from hazards, respecting European and Indigenous heritage and adopting affordable levels of services.

2012 Download

Employment Lands Study

The Employment Lands Study gave understanding of factors that have influenced the development of employment lands. The study investigated the existing situation of the employment lands and made recommendations on an appropriate strategic direction to stimulate development of employment lands. 2012 Download

Residential Subdivision Study

The Subdivision Strategy was first prepared in 2002 as part of the development of draft LEP 2005.

The 2013 review determined the policy position of the Council towards maintaining the current subdivision potential of land currently zoned under LEP 1991.

2013 Download

Residential Character Study

The study identifies and locates the types of character that are important to residential areas of the Blue Mountains.

It provides a methodology and rationale for the application of each character type. It also provided the base information for the application of the Living Conservation and Living Bushland Conservation zones in LEP 2005.

2002 Download

Residential Development Strategy

The Residential Development Strategy (RDS) was first prepared in 1996 and updated in 2002 and 2010. The 2010 review gave an understanding of current demographics and associated socio-economic indicators around housing needs and preferences across the local government area.

2010 Download

Accessible Housing Strategy

Outlines Councils plan to provide housing for older people and people with a disability in within the Blue Mountains. 2002 Download

Strategic Tourism and Recreational Planning Study

The study seeks to address the need for encouraging new and innovative tourism and recreation development and to identify ways to address conflicts with existing planning controls.

A number of key findings are noted, including the Blue Mountains National Park has the highest visitation of any Australian national park.

2011 Download