Our Place Inner West

A land use planning framework for the Inner West

Council has started a strategic land use planning project, Our Place Inner West, to develop a new Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan for the Inner West, supported by a consolidated Developer Contributions Plan.

The 2018 update to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, requires Council to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement first that will guide development and use of the Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has more information on Local Strategic Planning Statements.

The new Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan will replace the planning frameworks used by the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils, which are still in use and available for download:

Current local environment plans (LEP)
Current development control plans (DCP)

What is a land use planning framework?

All local governments in NSW must have a land use planning framework to guide councils’ decision making on planning, development and future land use in the local government area. Inner West Council’s new land use planning framework will have four legislative planning instruments:

  • Local Strategic Planning Statement
  • Local Environment Plan
  • Development Control Plan
  • Development Contributions Plan

Regional Plan District Plan Local Stratgic Planning Statement Local Environmental Plan Development Control Plan and Community Strategic Plan are related together


How will council develop the framework?

Council's Strategic Planning team is developing our land use framework with significant research, evidence based studies, review of current land use planning frameworks and integrated land use plans.  Community and stakeholder engagement are important for each step in the development of Our Place Inner West. 

Council surveyed residents and businesses in February 2019. The survey results Community Insights Report tell us what makes a great neighbourhood and is most valued in local areas.

In late 2018 and early 2019, stakeholders and select Local Democracy Groups provided input on strategies that inform land uses, including;
  • Integrated Transport Strategy
  • Local Housing Study and Strategy
  • Employment and Retail Lands Strategy

Our Employment and Retail Land strategy and draft Inner West Council Local Strategic Planning Statement are now on public exhibition.

Council is preparing a consolidated Local Environmental Plan. The draft Local Environment Plan needs to be endorsed by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment before public exhibition.

Council will conduct Place Based Studies and ongoing community consultation  to help draft the Development Control Plan and Developer Contributions Plan.


Community consultation invited

The draft Local Strategic Planning Statement and draft  Employment and Retail Lands Strategy are on public exhibition for community input over five weeks, closing Sunday 27 October.  

The drafts can be viewed:

  • online at yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au
  • in hard copy at Council's Service Centres at Ashfield, Leichhardt and Petersham
  • in hard copy at Council's Balmain Library

We invite the community to talk with us at 12 engagements  listed on Your Say Inner West and Council's What’s On

How can I keep up to date with the Our Place Inner West project?

Council will exhibit draft documents at staffed information displays, village pop ups, community events and online at Your Say Inner West for community input.

Your Say Inner West is our engagement portal where opportunities for community input will be facilitated. As the project progresses, community members will be able to provide input into the various strategies and plans, access frequently asked questions, download documents and register for updates.

All opportunities for people to have input at each step in the development of our Land Use Planning Framework will be featured at yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au.

  • Subscribe to Your Say Inner West for a monthly email on engagement opportunities  
  • Subscribe to Council’s fortnightly email What’s On Inner West, linked in this page footer
  • Follow Council on FacebookTwitter and Instagram
  • Enquire with the contact below.



Contact Barbara Becker, Senior Engagement Specialist, Inner West Council
P: 9392 5201
E: Barbara.Becker@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

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Page last updated: 23 Sep 2019