Local Environmental Plan (LEP)

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A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is the primary legal planning document for guiding land use and planning decisions made by Council.

An LEP describes what can be undertaken on land and is supported by mapping (including land use zones, lot size maps etc.). Through zoning and development controls, the LEP allows Council to manage the way in which land is used to shape our local communities. It is also a way of reflecting strategic land use planning undertaken by Councils - for example, by providing an adequate supply of land for housing and employment.

Council is currently operating under the following Environmental Protection Licence (EPL):

Wyong Local Environmental Plan 2013 (WLEP 2013)

A simplified breakdown of land use permissibility’s within WLEP 2014 is available below:

WLEP 2013 Land Use Matrix

Council's Property Mapping Tool (for land in the former Wyong Shire Local Government Area) provides more guidance to find out more about land regulations.

Council has been working to consolidate the existing EPIs into one plan, the Central Coast Local Environmental Plan (CCLEP).

The CCLEP and CCDCP will provide a consistent approach to planning decisions across the whole of the Central Coast LGA.

Local Environmental Plan Amendment Requests

In circumstances where a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) does not allow a particular form of desired development, a request may be made to change the planning controls and/or zoning. These requests are referred to as ‘Planning Proposals’.

In assessing these applications, Council will consider a range of local and state policy to determine if the request has merits and if additional reports or justification will be required.

Take a look at the   for information on how Council processes such requests.

Timing

The timeframe for the process is dependent upon the complexity of the changes sought, the relevance and suitability of the information provided for assessment purposes, agency referral timeframes and other factors.

Council is guided as to the completion timeframes by conditions issued by the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) for any proposal which is supported by both Council and the DP&E. This is referred to as the “Gateway Determination”. For small and locality specific changes, timeframes can be as short as 3-6 months or up to two or more years for precinct or large land release areas.

Pre-lodgement meeting

A pre-lodgement meeting with Council staff is recommended before you lodge a Request to Amend a Local Environment Plan.

During this meeting, Council staff can provide guidance and advice as to what information is required (at minimum) to be lodged with the amendment request. Additional information (including investigative studies) may be required to be undertaken and submitted to enable further assessment once the Request is lodged and/or supported by Council and/or the DP&E.

There is a fee for the formal pre-lodgement meeting but most proponents find the meeting to be beneficial, saving time and money.

Schedule a formal pre-lodgement meeting using the pre-lodgement booking form

What information is required to be included in an LEP Amendment Request?

Each LEP Amendment Request needs to be supported by a Lodgement Form. The request should be submitted in the Planning Proposal as described by the DP&E Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals. Relevant information and studies should also be submitted, as described by Council’s Planning Proposal Documentation Requirements.

Payment of the applicable fees as per the current Operational Plan must also be made upon lodgement of an amendment request.

Where can I find additional information?

A number of relevant resource documents regarding the LEP Amendment Process can be obtained from the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) website using following links:

  • the Gateway Process home page provides an overview of the steps and processes involved in the LEP making process (including links to Frequently Asked Questions)
  • the Guide to Preparing Local Environmental Plans provides further information regarding the purpose of LEPs and the processes involved in making amendments to LEPs
  • the LEP Tracking System enables the community to track the progress of an LEP Request in all NSW Local Government Areas.

Central Coast Council Consolidated LEP and DCP Project

On 12 May 2016, a proclamation to merge the former Gosford City and Wyong Shire Councils and form the Central Coast Council was announced by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

At the same time, the State Government issued Guidance for Merged Councils on Planning Functions. These guidelines recommended Council analyse the differences in the current planning controls, including existing and deemed Environmental Planning Instruments (EPIs) and Development Control Plans (DCPs).

Council has been preparing a draft Central Coast Local Environmental Plan (CCLEP) and draft Central Coast Development Control Plan (CCDCP) in response to these guidelines. Both documents are a consolidation of existing EPIs into one plan.

The consolidation projects have not been about introducing new controls. It has been about identifying and applying the most suitable of existing controls from existing instruments and plans.

The rezoning of the lands deferred from GLEP2014 forms part of the Consolidated CCLEP. Until the CCLEP is made, IDO 122 and the GPSO will continue to operate until the CCLEP is adopted. 

The CCLEP and CCDCP will provide a consistent approach to planning decisions across the whole of the Central Coast LGA.

The CCLEP and CCDCP are an interim step to provide consistent planning controls for the region.

Council is currently operating under the following EPIs each with different planning controls. These plans are:

Land use planning and development assessment for land which is deferred from the GLEP 2014 (signified on maps as DM, i.e. Deferred Matters) is undertaken using the provisions of the GPSO or IDO 122.

Council's e-planning system is here to help find out more about land regulations.

Council has been working to consolidate the existing EPIs into one plan, the Central Coast Local Environmental Plan (CCLEP).

The CCLEP and CCDCP will provide a consistent approach to planning decisions across the whole of the Central Coast LGA.

Local Environmental Plan Amendment Requests

In circumstances where a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) does not allow a particular form of desired development, a request may be made to change the planning controls and/or zoning. These requests are referred to as ‘Planning Proposals’.

In assessing these applications, Council will consider a range of local and state policy to determine if the Request has merits and if additional reports or justification will be required.

Take a look at the Planning Proposal Procedure for information on how Council processes such requests.

Timing

The timeframe for the process is dependent upon the complexity of the changes sought, the relevance and suitability of the information provided for assessment purposes, agency referral timeframes and other factors.

Council is guided as to the completion timeframes by conditions issued by the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) for any proposal which is supported by both Council and the DP&E. This is referred to as the “Gateway Determination”. For small and locality specific changes, timeframes can be as short as 3-6 months or up to two or more years for precinct or large land release areas.

Pre-lodgement meeting

A pre-lodgement meeting with Council staff is recommended before you lodge a Request to Amend a Local Environment Plan.

During this meeting, Council staff can provide guidance and advice as to what information is required (at minimum) to be lodged with the amendment request. Additional information (including investigative studies) may be required to be undertaken and submitted to enable further assessment once the Request is lodged and/or supported by Council and/or the DP&E.

There is a fee for the formal pre-lodgement meeting but most proponents find the meeting to be beneficial, saving time and money.

Schedule a formal pre-lodgement meeting using the pre-lodgement booking form

What information is required to be included in an LEP Amendment Request?

Each LEP Amendment Request needs to be supported by a Lodgement Form. The request should be submitted in the Planning Proposal as described by the DP&E Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals. Relevant information and studies should also be submitted, as described by Council’s Planning Proposal Documentation Requirements.

Payment of the applicable fees as per the current Operational Plan must also be made upon lodgement of an amendment request.

Where can I find additional information?

A number of relevant resource documents regarding the LEP Amendment Process can be obtained from the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) website using following links:

  • The Gateway Process home page provides an overview of the steps and processes involved in the LEP making process (including links to Frequently Asked Questions);
  • The Guide to Preparing Local Environmental Plans provides further information regarding the purpose of LEPs and the processes involved in making amendments to LEPs;
  • The LEP Tracking System enables the community to track the progress of an LEP Request in all NSW Local Government Areas.

Central Coast Council Consolidated LEP and DCP Project

On 12 May 2016, a proclamation to merge the former Gosford City and Wyong Shire Councils and form the Central Coast Council was announced by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

At the same time, the State Government issued Guidance for Merged Councils on Planning Functions. These guidelines recommended Council analyse the differences in the current planning controls, including existing and deemed Environmental Planning Instruments (EPIs) and Development Control Plans (DCPs).

Council has been preparing a draft Central Coast Local Environmental Plan (CCLEP) and draft Central Coast Development Control Plan (CCDCP) in response to these guidelines. Both documents are a consolidation of existing EPIs into one plan.

The consolidation projects have not been about introducing new controls. It has been about identifying and applying the most suitable of existing controls from existing instruments and plans.

The rezoning of the lands deferred from GLEP2014 forms part of the Consolidated CCLEP. Until the CCLEP is made, IDO 122 and the GPSO will continue to operate until the CCLEP is adopted.

The CCLEP and CCDCP will provide a consistent approach to planning decisions across the whole of the Central Coast LGA.

The CCLEP and CCDCP are an interim step to provide consistent planning controls for the region.

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Last updated : Fri 27 Jul 2018