How was the Draft Waverley Local Strategic Planning Statement Prepared?

The Draft WLSPS has been informed by the Waverley Community Strategic Plan 2018-2029 (CSP), raw data from the engagement process that was undertaken to inform the CSP, and Council’s existing and draft strategies and plans. The Draft WLSPS is intended to guide community engagement and feedback. Once we have reviewed feedback on the draft and finalised the document, the LSPS will be used to guide the review of Council’s LEP and DCP.

What is a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

A Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) provides a strategic planning narrative for a local area and aligns local planning and service delivery with the Greater Sydney Region Plan (the Region Plan) and the Eastern Sydney District Plan (District Plan). The document will set out Waverley’s vision for our community as established in the Waverley Community Strategic Plan 2018-2029 (CSP) and identify key planning priorities, actions, and proposed mechanisms for measuring the successful delivery of the Waverley LSPS.

Once developed, the WLSPS will guide the comprehensive review of the WLEP and the WDCP.



Why do we need a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

As part of the recent changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), Councils are required to satisfy the legislative requirement under Section 3.8 of the EP&A Act that all councils in the Greater Sydney Region ‘give effect to’ (deliver) the objectives and priorities identified in the Region Plan and District Plan. This requires that Councils undertake necessary studies, develop strategies and prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement which will guide the update of the LEP.

Why do we need an LEP review?

As part of the recent changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), the review project is required to satisfy the legislative requirement under Section 3.8 of the EP&A Act that all councils in the Greater Sydney Region ‘give effect to’ (deliver) the objectives and priorities identified in the Region Plan and District Plan. This requires that Councils review their strategic planning framework, including the existing local environmental plan (LEP), against the relevant District Plan. Waverley Council currently has one comprehensive LEP, the Waverley Local Environmental Plan 2012, that applies to the entire local government area (LGA). For completeness, Council will also undertake a comprehensive review of the Waverley Development Control Plan 2012.

How have the topic areas been decided?

The four topic areas, infrastructure, liveability, productivity and sustainability, are based on the four topic areas from the District Plan to create a clear connection between the NSW Government policy and the Waverley Council policy.


How do I keep up-to-date on the progress of the project?

Council will keep this Have Your Say page active for the life of the project. Register your details to receive updates, key project milestone information and invitations to participate in workshops. You can also continue to check back in to this page to see updated information, or contact Council’s Senior Strategic Planner, Jaime Hogan on 9083 8057 or via jaime.hogan@waverley.nsw.gov.au.

How is Planning in Waverley different from the Community Strategic Plan?

Community Strategic Plan: 

Under the Local Government Act 1993, all councils in New South Wales are required to prepare a Community Strategic Plan (CSP). The CSP must identify the community's main priorities and aspirations for the future. It should be prepared and delivered in partnership with Council, state agencies, community groups and individuals. It should address a broad range of issues that are relevant to the whole community. It runs for 10 years with perpetual monitoring and reviews.


Planning in Waverley:  

Our Local strategic planning statements (LSPS) will set out:

  • the 20-year vision for land use in the local area
  • the special characteristics which contribute to local identity
  • shared community values to be maintained and enhanced
  • how growth and change will be managed into the future.

We will show how Waverley’s vision aligns with and will deliver on the priorities of the regional and district plans, based on local characteristics and opportunities, and the priorities in the Waverley Community Strategic Plan.

In practice, the LSPS will shape how the local environmental plan (LEP) and development control plans (DCP) evolve over time.

Where can I find more detailed information about the project?

The Document Library has a number of related documents including The Health Check, which formed Phase 1 of the Planning in Waverley Project, and the Draft Waverley Local Strategic Planning Statement, which we are currently seeking feedback on.


How is the progress of the project going to be monitored?

Council will keep this Have Your Say page active for the life of the project. Register your details to receive updates, key project milestone information, and invitations to participate in workshops. Or continue to check back in to this page to see updated information.


How will my input be used?

Once this document has been exhibited for community feedback, the next step will be to finalise the document responding to this feedback, and to finalise the Implementation Plan.


Why is the Action ‘Metric Column’ blank?

The NSW Government is currently developing a range of metrics to measure the implementation of the plan. To ensure that Waverley Council is aligned with the same metrics of the NSW Government, Council will update this Metric Table for the final adopted version.