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 first prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement to guide the preparation of the Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan. The Department of Planning and Environment has further 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 and development issues and guide future land use in the local government area. Inner West Council’s new land use planning framework will consist of 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 evidence based research studies, review of current land use planning frameworks and integrated land use plans will be drafted for community and stakeholder consultation.

Community and stakeholder engagement are important for each step in the development of Our Place Inner West. 

The report on community and businesses survey results 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

Community consultation invited

The draft  Integrated Transport Strategy and draft Local Housing Strategy are on public exhibition for community input over five weeks, closing Sunday 28 July.

The draft strategies and background reports can be viewed:

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

We invite the community to find out more at eight drop in sessions. Full details for each drop in are provided in Council's What’s On

Tuesday, 25 June              6:00-8:00pm          Ashfield Service Centre
Wednesday, 26 June      11:00am-1:00pm     
Newtown Community Centre
Tuesday, 2 July               11:00am-1:00pm    
Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre
Wednesday, 3 July            6:00-8:00pm          
Balmain Town Hall
Tuesday, 9 July                 2:00-4:00pm          
Annandale Community Centre
Wednesday, 10 July        11:00am-1:00pm     Dulwich Hill Library
Wednesday, 17 July          5:00-7:00pm    
Woolworths Marrickville, 483 Illawarra Road
Wednesday, 24 July          6:00-8:00pm          
Leichhardt Town Hall

The Employment and Retail Lands Strategy is being drafted for community input in the second half of 2019.

The strategies will help Council prepare our first draft Local Strategic Planning Statement, a 20 year vision for how we live and work, which will also be exhibited for community input during 2019.

In 2020, Council will prepare a consolidated Local Environmental Plan. The draft Local Environment Plan needs to be endorsed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, prior to being placed on public exhibition. A draft Development Control Plan will follow shortly after, along with a consolidated Developer Contributions Plan. Both of these plans will be placed on exhibition for community input prior to finalisation.


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

Council will exhibit draft documents at staffed information sessions 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 current
    community engagement opportunities across all areas of Council
  • Subscribe to Council’s fortnightly email What’s On Inner West in the black footer of the
  • Follow Council on FacebookTwitter and Instagram
  • Enquire with the contact below.

Inner West neighbourhood survey

Council worked with independent research company Place Score to measure what qualities the community and local business owners believe make a great neighbourhood.

We asked community to take the survey from 2 February to 3 March 2019 and tell us what makes a great neighbourhood and how their place measures up.  The Neighbourhood Community Insights Report April 2019 is  available for download and at branch libraries.

Survey input will help inform planning and delivery of local priorities for the Inner West's unique neighbourhoods, building on the high-level direction set by Council's Community Strategic Plan Our Inner West 2036.

Review former Council frameworks

A review of former Council development controls still in use has identified inconsistencies that require immediate amendment for Council operations and best practice.

The community is invited to review the amendments to controls Council proposes to align and update on Have Your Say Inner West from 19 March to 30 April.

Council’s first Inner West Development Control Plan will be developed after the Local Strategic Planning Statement and Local Environmental Plan are complete.


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: 15 Jul 2019