Planning in Waverley - Shape your villages by the sea

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Council is embarking on an important strategic planning project that will shape the future of Waverley. The review is being staged over three years, between July 2018 - July 2020, with a number of opportunities for community to have input along the way.

The project involves the development of a new Environmental Planning Instrument - the Waverley Local Strategic Planning Statement (WLSPS), as well as the comprehensive review of the Waverley Local Environmental Plan 2012 (WLEP) and Waverley Development Control Plan 2012 (WDCP).

As part of this project, Council is required to ‘give effect to’ the Greater Sydney Region Plan (the Region Plan) and the Eastern City District Plan (the District Plan) that have been prepared by the Greater Sydney Commission.

In addition to the WLSPS, a number of other strategies are being prepared by Council to inform the review, including:


Have your say on the Draft Waverley Community Participation Plan

The draft Waverley Community Participation Plan (CPP) is now on public exhibition. The draft CPP seeks to make community participation in local planning matters clearer for the Waverley community. It does this by outlining in one place how and when the community can participate in various statutory planning processes and decisions. To have your say on the draft CPP, visit the project page here.


Stay up-to-date

If you are interested in being kept up-to-date and notified of opportunities to engage, make sure to register your details using the form below.


More information

To find out more, contact Council’s Senior Strategic Planner, Jaime Hogan, at jaime.hogan@waverley.nsw.gov.au.


Council is embarking on an important strategic planning project that will shape the future of Waverley. The review is being staged over three years, between July 2018 - July 2020, with a number of opportunities for community to have input along the way.

The project involves the development of a new Environmental Planning Instrument - the Waverley Local Strategic Planning Statement (WLSPS), as well as the comprehensive review of the Waverley Local Environmental Plan 2012 (WLEP) and Waverley Development Control Plan 2012 (WDCP).

As part of this project, Council is required to ‘give effect to’ the Greater Sydney Region Plan (the Region Plan) and the Eastern City District Plan (the District Plan) that have been prepared by the Greater Sydney Commission.

In addition to the WLSPS, a number of other strategies are being prepared by Council to inform the review, including:


Have your say on the Draft Waverley Community Participation Plan

The draft Waverley Community Participation Plan (CPP) is now on public exhibition. The draft CPP seeks to make community participation in local planning matters clearer for the Waverley community. It does this by outlining in one place how and when the community can participate in various statutory planning processes and decisions. To have your say on the draft CPP, visit the project page here.


Stay up-to-date

If you are interested in being kept up-to-date and notified of opportunities to engage, make sure to register your details using the form below.


More information

To find out more, contact Council’s Senior Strategic Planner, Jaime Hogan, at jaime.hogan@waverley.nsw.gov.au.


  • Community Participation Plan

    2 months ago

    In March 2018, amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) introduced new requirements to increase the opportunity for community participation in environmental planning processes and decisions. As part of these requirements, Council must prepare and adopt a Community Participation Plan (CPP) by 1 December 2019.

    The draft Waverley CPP seeks to make community participation in local planning matters clearer for the Waverley community. It does this by outlining in one place how and when the community can participate in various statutory planning processes and decisions.

    Find out more here.

    In March 2018, amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) introduced new requirements to increase the opportunity for community participation in environmental planning processes and decisions. As part of these requirements, Council must prepare and adopt a Community Participation Plan (CPP) by 1 December 2019.

    The draft Waverley CPP seeks to make community participation in local planning matters clearer for the Waverley community. It does this by outlining in one place how and when the community can participate in various statutory planning processes and decisions.

    Find out more here.
  • Background

    6 months ago

    Legislative requirement to undertake the Planning in Waverley project

    As part of the recent changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), this planning 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 a review of the existing local environmental plan (LEP) against the relevant District Plan; and
    • Undertake necessary...

    Legislative requirement to undertake the Planning in Waverley project

    As part of the recent changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), this planning 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 a review of the existing local environmental plan (LEP) against the relevant District Plan; and
    • Undertake necessary studies and strategies and prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement which will guide the update of the LEP.

    Waverley Council currently has one comprehensive LEP, the Waverley Local Environmental Plan 2012 that applies to the entire local government area (LGA).


  • Local Strategic Planning Statement

    4 months ago

    As part of this project, Council must develop new Environmental Planning Instrument called a Waverley Local Strategic Planning Statement (WLSPS). Council developed a draft WLSPS and placed it on public exhibition over July and August for community comment. You can find the draft WLSPS and a summary document in the document library.

    The WLSPS sets 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.

    The WLSPS shows how Waverley’s vision will...

    As part of this project, Council must develop new Environmental Planning Instrument called a Waverley Local Strategic Planning Statement (WLSPS). Council developed a draft WLSPS and placed it on public exhibition over July and August for community comment. You can find the draft WLSPS and a summary document in the document library.

    The WLSPS sets 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.

    The WLSPS shows how Waverley’s vision 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 (CSP).

    In practice, the WLSPS will be used to guide the comprehensive review of the WLEP and the WDCP.


  • Waverley Village Centres Strategy

    4 months ago

    Waverleys villages and local centres are much-loved places that contribute significant heritage and character to our local area. They provide valuable services and employment to not only Waverley’s community, but to the Greater Sydney and international community as well.

    Development of the Village Centre Strategy will be informed by a comprehensive policy and strategy review as well as a detailed urban design review of the local and neighbourhood centres within the LGA. The Strategy will encourage planning for sustainable, healthy, active and liveable communities as future development progresses.

    The strategy will address sustainability, built form, accessibility, character and public domain...

    Waverleys villages and local centres are much-loved places that contribute significant heritage and character to our local area. They provide valuable services and employment to not only Waverley’s community, but to the Greater Sydney and international community as well.

    Development of the Village Centre Strategy will be informed by a comprehensive policy and strategy review as well as a detailed urban design review of the local and neighbourhood centres within the LGA. The Strategy will encourage planning for sustainable, healthy, active and liveable communities as future development progresses.

    The strategy will address sustainability, built form, accessibility, character and public domain in all nineteen of our centres (excluding Bondi Junction).

    Find out more here.
  • Local Housing Discussion Paper

    4 months ago

    The development of a Housing Strategy is a specific requirement in the implementation of District Plans. Council must consider short and medium-term housing supply and longer-term capacity for housing. In addition to the Housing Strategy, Council plans to develop an Affordable Housing Strategy.

    To inform these Strategies, Council prepared a Local Housing Discussion Paper and consulted with the community via an online survey.

    Find out more here.


    The development of a Housing Strategy is a specific requirement in the implementation of District Plans. Council must consider short and medium-term housing supply and longer-term capacity for housing. In addition to the Housing Strategy, Council plans to develop an Affordable Housing Strategy.

    To inform these Strategies, Council prepared a Local Housing Discussion Paper and consulted with the community via an online survey.

    Find out more here.