The framework for planning a liveable and sustainable region starts with council's Local Environmental Plan (LEP) - the highest-level control over how we use the different areas of land within the MidCoast. Our aim through the "Zoning in on our future" project is to consolidate the three different LEPs we're currently using - a legacy of the three former regions - into a single region-wide MidCoast LEP.
As well as developing a consistent approach to zoning across the MidCoast, we'll use this as an opportunity to introduce contemporary, best-practice planning controls, and to rationalise the aims, objectives, development standards and provisions of all three former LEPs.
There are six key projects currently being undertaken to inform the new LEP, which include:
- Rural Strategy
- Housing Strategy
- Manning Health & CBD Precinct Plan
- Employment Zones Review
- Infrastructure Zone Review
- Recreation Zones Review
The focus for all projects is not about identifying additional areas for development, but to critically review and apply a new and clear hierarchy of zones and controls across the unique environment of the MidCoast. The principles that will be applied during this stage of the project are:
- To identify and protect our natural landscapes, and recognise the desired roles and character of our unique urban settlements
- To prepare an LEP that's consistent with State legislation and guidelines
- To apply the goals and actions outlined in our regional policies and plans
- To reflect the actions, goals and recommendations of Council strategies
There are opportunities to provide input into all of these projects, or to be updated throughout the process. Complete the form under the "Get involved" tab to register your interest.
As well as informing a new MidCoast LEP, the information collated through this body of work will be used to create a consolidated Development Control Plan (DCP), which drills down to provide controls or rules on the specific activities or types of developments that can occur within a zone. Using a single DCP into the future means a uniform approach to assessing development applications, wherever you live, work or play in our 10,000km2 region.
Local Strategic Planning Statements will follow, being Councillor and community led statements that establish a 20-year vision for land use in our major centres, identifying the special character and values to be preserved and planning priorities to focus on.