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 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 Planning Proposal Procedure for information on how Council processes such requests.

If a planning agreement (PA) is likely to be prepared in connection with a planning proposal,  it is preferred that the planning agreement is publicly exhibited concurrently with the planning proposal. 

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, Industry and Environment (DPI&E) for any proposal which is supported by both Council and the DPI&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 DPI&E.

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

When Council receives the pre-lodgement meeting booking form, an invoice will be sent to the applicant and fees are payable as per the Fees and Charges. This fee is payable prior to the meeting date. 

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 DPI&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, Industry and Environment (DPI&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

For the latest information on the status of the Central Coast Environmental Plan project please refer to the Your Voice Our Coast page.

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.

If a planning agreement (PA) is likely to be prepared in connection with a planning proposal,  it is preferred that the planning agreement is publicly exhibited concurrently with the planning proposal. 

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, Industry and Environment (DPI&E) for any proposal which is supported by both Council and the DPI&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 DPI&E.

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

When Council receives the pre-lodgement meeting booking form, an invoice will be sent to the applicant and fees are payable as per the Fees and Charges. This fee is payable prior to the meeting date. 

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 DPI&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

For the latest information on the status of the Central Coast Environmental Plan project please refer to the Your Voice Our Coast page.

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