What is the Local Environmental Plan (LEP)?

    The Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is the principal environmental planning instrument used by councils to regulate land use and influences planning and development decisions within the Local Government Area (LGA).

    The LEP is prepared and gazetted by the State Government in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), giving legal effect to where and under what circumstances sites can be developed or environmental controls put in place. It is made up of a written instrument and maps.

    The LEP contains zoning and land use information, specifying what uses are permitted or prohibited in each zone, development controls such as height of buildings, floor space ratio and incentives for affordable housing, provisions for the reservation of land, protection of trees and heritage conservation, as well as a number of other environmental requirements.

    How do I find out if my property is affected?

    The documents in the Document Library provide a written explanation of the proposed changes. To find out if your property is subject to any mapping changes, for example a new land use zone, an active street frontage, or a land acquisition, please refer to Council’s online mapping tool, Discover.

    When using the mapping tool, select “Draft Waverley LEP 2022” to view the complete proposed mapping set for the new LEP. The existing LEP 2012 maps are available when you select “Planning”.

    How do I use the Discover mapping tool?

    Please follow the instructions to use the mapping tool. Search for your address in the search bar, then select the “Draft WLEP 2022” theme and the “LEP 2022” (as shown below) layers to see what affectations your property may have under the WLEP 2022.

    What is changing between the 2012 and the proposed 2022 LEP?

    All councils are required to prepare and adopt a new local environmental plan to implement any new Regional Plan from the NSW Government. The Greater Sydney Region Plan and Eastern City District Plan were released in 2018, and the Waverley Local Strategic Planning Statement was adopted in 2020. The proposed draft Waverley LEP 2022 seeks to implement these three documents.

    The proposed Waverley LEP 2022 provides  minor updates to the 2012 LEP as the majority of the strategies and studies undertaken to inform the new LEP found that the existing LEP already implements many of the requirements of the Greater Sydney Region Plan. Therefore the Waverley LEP does not need widespread planning change to meet the desired future vision. In fact, many of the proposed changes aim to provide greater protections for the existing character of the area. Most properties across Waverley will not be noticeably impacted.

    Whilst some Planning Priorities and Actions, housing targets and key recommendations from reviews, strategies and studies are being implemented, the changes are mainly rationalising the planning controls so as to better protectthe existing conditions across Waverley.

    For example, some commercially used properties (such as shops or cafes) in some of the local centres  are currently zoned for residential purposes. These are proposed to be changed to a business zone so that the existing commercial uses can be supported and protected.

    The existing maximum building height and floor space ratio controls for all properties will remain the same, and only some information on the Land Reservation Acquisition, Land Use Zone and Active Street Frontages maps is proposed to change.

    In addition a number of changes are proposed to the land use (zone) tables to include additional permitted uses in existing zones, or to provide new objectives.

    Attachment A – Discussion of Proposed Amendments provides information on each update in detail.

     

    What are the changes?

    If supported in its current form, the WLEP Planning Proposal will:

    • Result in changes to the land use zone of some properties as outlined above
    • Establish new aims
    • Introduce some new objectives to land use zones and provide additional permitted uses in some zones
    • Identify some new properties affected on the Land Reservation Acquisition and Active Street Frontages maps
    • Introduce a new climate resilience clause.

    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.


    How does this new LEP relate to other NSW Government policy reforms?

    The NSW Government is currently undertaking a range of policy reforms, many of which will have implications for the Waverley area. To stay up to date with these policy reforms, refer to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website. 

    The changes identified in this exhibition relate only to the information proposed by Waverley Council.