What's the difference between the Local Character Statements, the Livable Places Strategy (previously the Village Centres Strategy) and the Heritage Assessment?

    Where the Local Character Statements focus on every part of Waverley’s LGA, the Our Liveable Places Strategy (OLP) focuses on Waverley’s commercial centres, where residents undertake their shopping and find their goods and services. The OLP has identified a total of 19 commercial centres in Waverley LGA. Whilst each of these three strategies will be used to inform Council decision-making with regards to Planning Proposals and Development Applications, the OLP will make recommendations for the future of Waverley’s commercial centres and public domain.


    The Waverley Heritage Assessment has been prepared to enable Council to assess and make decisions about heritage items and areas in Waverley, using the NSW Heritage Criteria and best practice heritage procedures to assess significance. Council is required to maintain a list of heritage items and Heritage Conservation Areas (HCAs) that are significant to the local area.  This list is known as ‘Schedule 5 – Environmental Heritage’ and forms part of the Waverley LEP. 

    Identifying an area of local character is not an alternative form of heritage listing. Local character is much broader than heritage. Each Council is free to choose how to undertake a local character study, using the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Local Character and Place Guideline as a guide. Local character considerations go beyond historic and built form considerations to include all elements that contribute to the look and feel of an area including the public and private domain, including topography, vegetation, streetscape and activity types. 

    Each of these strategies will provide stronger justification in arguing our planning controls to ensure that all future development is in line with all future objectives.