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The process of creating a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) starts with a planning proposal. This document can be prepared by a council, a landowner or developer seeking to change the planning controls that relate to a particular site.
A planning proposal sets out the justification for making the plan. It includes an assessment of the likely impacts of the proposal and is supported by technical information and investigations where necessary.
All planning proposals go through a Gateway process with a determination issued by the Minister for Planning (or delegate). The Gateway determination makes sure that there is sufficient justification early in the process to proceed with a planning proposal. The determination will confirm the information (which may include studies) and consultation required before the LEP can be finalised. It will also establish the timeframe in which the required steps are to be carried out. Such as public exhibition, review of submissions and review by Parliamentary Counsel. As the final step, the Minister's approval is published on the NSW legislation website.
As soon as a planning proposal is exhibited it becomes a draft LEP. This means that it will be considered in the assessment of any development applications lodged on the land affected by the proposal. The further along a proposal the more weight it carries in the development assessment process. The approval of the Minister enacts the planning proposal and makes it law.
Documents and further details are available from the Department of Planning website.
Applications for the rezoning of land are made to Council. A staged fee structure is in place. All planning proposals are considered by both the Local Planning Panel and the Council before going through the Gateway process. Prior to lodging an application, it is recommended that you seek formal development advice.
Proposals in progress are linked under 'related sites'.