Council is committed to protecting and improving the natural and built environment through the efficient and effective use of land and the delivery of local infrastructure. Local Environmental Plans guide planning decisions for Council through zoning and development controls which provide a framework for the way land can be used. Land use planning frameworks are the main planning tool to shape future communities.
To support the preparation of the three former Council Local Environmental Plans a number of studies and strategies were prepared. These include Employment Lands and Industrial Lands studies, Urban Planning Strategies and Town Centre Strategies.
The Ashfield LEP 2013, Leichhardt LEP 2013 and Marrickville LEP 2011 will continue to be in effect until a new Inner West land use planning framework has been developed by the Our Place Inner West project in 2019.
Our Place Inner West - land use planning framework
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 Local Strategic Planning Statement will be informed by evidence based strategies:
- Integrated Transport Strategy
- Local Housing Study and Strategy
- Employment and Retail Lands Strategy
The Our Place Inner West project page has more information on how Council will develop the new land use planning framework and consultation opportunities for community and stakeholders in 2019.