Liverpool’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) Review

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Liverpool City Council is currently reviewing the controls that guide planning decisions made across the Local Government Area.

New rules introduced by the NSW Government mean that all councils are required to review and update their Local Environmental Plan – or LEP – over the next three years. Council recently secured state funding to conduct an accelerated review of its LEP over a two-year period.

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.

Liverpool last completed a comprehensive review of its LEP in 2008. Over the next two years, Council will be working hard to determine whether the planning controls in the current LEP are still appropriate, or whether they need to be updated to better manage growth and enhance the city’s liveability, productivity and sustainability.

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 also gives Council the opportunity to collaborate with the community and incorporate their ideas, priorities and concerns into the new LEP.

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A comprehensive review of an LEP requires a significant amount of research and extensive community consultation. Council will engage with the local community to make sure its voice is heard at a number of stages throughout the LEP review.

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One of the major opportunities for the community to be involved in the LEP review process is through the development of a Local Strategic Planning Statement, or LSPS.

The creation of an LSPS is another requirement for councils following the NSW Government’s amendment of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in March 2018.

An LSPS is designed to be a simple-to-understand document that sets out a 20-year vision for land use in local areas, and planning priorities for those areas. Through comprehensive community engagement, the LSPS will describe how particular areas should develop over the next 20 years, the characteristics and values that are important to maintain, and in which places growth will be focused.

Through the development of the LSPS, the following questions will need to be considered:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where are we going?
  • Where do we want to be?
  • How do we get there?

The LSPS will inform the review of the LEP, and will also need to align with Greater Sydney Commission’s Regional and District plans.

Council is committed to engagement with the Liverpool community from the early stages of this important process. As we commence background studies to inform the LEP review and LSPS, we will be seeking your feedback on the issues that matter most to you.

We will update this page as the process continues and asking for feedback on general and specific issues.

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