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Liverpool’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) Review

Council is currently in the process of reviewing its Local Environmental Plan (including the development of Liverpool’s draft Local Strategic Planning Statement) to align with priorities outlined in the Greater Sydney Commission's Western City District Plan within a two year timeframe (to mid-2020) following funding received under the Western Sydney City Deal.

What is an LEP?

An LEP is the primary instrument councils use to guide planning decisions. LEPs help to shape the character of an area using zoning and other development controls.

Zoning specifies which types of developments are allowed in certain areas, for example housing, office space or parks. Through zoning, Council can make sure Liverpool grows in places where it makes the most sense. It also enables Council to ensure there is enough open space and community facilities and set aside land for environmental protection. Along with other controls such as building heights and floor space ratios, zoning also dictates the scale and density of development allowed in an area.

Why are we doing this review?

Following the release of the Greater Sydney Commission’s Greater Sydney Region Plan (A Metropolis of Three Cities) and Western City District Plan, Liverpool City Council has a legal obligation under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to review its LEP to ensure that it aligns with the priorities listed in these plans.

While this is a statutory requirement, it is also a great opportunity for Council to examine what is working well in the current LEP, and what may need to change in order to realise our collective vision for the Liverpool of the future.

It has also provided Council the opportunity to collaborate with the community and incorporate ideas, priorities and concerns into the new LEP.

Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS)

The LSPS is Council’s long-term plan to shape Liverpool’s future which will help guide the development of suburbs and balance the need for housing, jobs and services as well as parks, open spaces and the natural environment.

The draft Local Strategic Planning Statement was publically exhibited from 28 June 2019 to 9 August 2019.

Following consideration of community feedback, Council endorsed the draft LSPS in December 2019 and sent it to the Greater Sydney Commission for review. The LSPS is currently a draft Plan and is awaiting finalisation.

A range of technical studies have been prepared to help inform the LEP Review process. The completed studies (to date) are available to download below.

  • Note: These studies have been prepared by independent consultants and have not yet been endorsed Council or the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

The first planning proposal (Phase 1) of the LEP review was endorsed by Council on 25 September 2019 and has been forwarded to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment seeking Gateway Determination.

Public exhibition of the Planning Proposal is likely to occur in early 2020 (following receipt of a Gateway Determination).

A copy of the Council report and minutes is available to download here.

Future Planning Proposals will be prepared as part of the implementation of the LSPS.