Lake Macquarie City Council announced yesterday (Thursday) that a number of draft planning documents are now on public exhibition:
- Draft Lifestyle 2030 Strategy
- Draft Local Environment Plan 2012 (LEP)
- Draft Development Control Plan 2012 (DCP)
- Draft Flora and Fauna Survey Guidelines
These documents will guide development in Lake Macquarie for the foreseeable future. The Lake Macquarie Draft LEP is particularly important, as it sets out land use zones for the entire LGA.
If you’re a Lake Macquarie landowner, changes to the zoning may affect you. As the LEP changes to the standard instrument template, no zones will remain the same. Even if a piece of land is rezoned to the equivalent standard instrument zoning (for example 2(1) Residential to R1 General Residential) the permitted uses may not stay the same.
Changes to the zoning could affect you positively or negatively. Under the new zoning, you might be allowed to carry out development that was previously prohibited. Alternatively, the new LEP might prevent you from carrying out development that you’ve been planning for years.
Council have provided a useful comparison tool so residents can check the current and proposed zoning of their land.
Residents are invited to have their say on the proposed changes by commenting online or sending a submission by email or post. The documents will be on exhibition until 24 December 2012.
If you’re unsure what the proposed rezoning means for you, or need help putting together a submission on changes in your neighbourhood, click here to contact us.