Council is currently reviewing the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 to further align it with the Liverpool Local Strategic Planning Statement ‘Connected Liverpool 2040' and the Greater Sydney Commission’s Western City District Plan.
The LEP Review has been endorsed by Council under the Mayor's 100 Day Plan, which states “Start the process to create a new Liverpool LEP as a matter of urgency”.
This is Phase #2 of the Local Environmental Plan Review.
A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is the legislative document councils use to guide planning decisions. LEPs help shape the character of an area using Land Use Zones and other development controls, such as height of buildings, lot sizes and floor space areas.
Land Use Zones specify which types of developments are allowed in certain areas, for example where houses, businesses and industrial areas are located. Through Land Use Zones, Council can ensure Liverpool develops in places where it makes the most sense.
The Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 applies to various suburbs across Liverpool’s Local Government Area, marked as blue in the image below. Other suburbs are covered by State Government Planning Legislation and are not impacted by this review.
'Connected Liverpool 2040' is Council's Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). It is Council’s long-term plan to shape Liverpool’s future. It will guide the development of suburbs and balance the need for housing, jobs and services as well as parks, open spaces and the natural environment within the LGA.
Extensive community engagement was undertaken in the process of developing the LSPS, wherein Council heard what the community had to say and included this in the final document.
The Phase #1 Review of the Local Environmental Plan (Amendment 82) was completed on 26 March 2021. It primarily consisted of housekeeping amendments, as it occurred whilst the Liverpool Local Strategic Planning Statement ‘Connected Liverpool 2040’ was under development. The Phase #1 Review also rezoned portions of R4 High Density Residential zoned land around Moorebank Town Centre, to R3 Medium Density Residential.
During the Phase #1 Review, Liverpool City Council undertook several studies relating to residential, industrial and commercial land in the LGA. These investigations were used to inform various Land Use Strategies, which were adopted by Council on 26th August 2020.
- Centres and Corridors Strategy
- Industrial and Employment Lands Strategy
- Liverpool Local Housing Strategy
These Strategies contain a number of short, medium and long term actions, to inform a new Local Environmental Plan. These recommendations are now under consideration by Council as part of this review.
The Mayors 100 Day Plan included a commitment to “Start the process to create a new Liverpool LEP as a matter of urgency”. The Phase #2 Review intends to use these adopted Strategies to inform a new Local Environmental Plan.
The Phase #2 Review will primarily focus on implementing short and medium term actions from the Local Housing Strategy, Industrial and Employment Lands Strategy, and Centre and Corridors Strategy.
- Reviewing location of land use zones (e.g. high, medium and low density residential zones) to ensure residential development occurs in the right locations
- Reviewing height, floor space and lot size controls to ensure residential development occurs at an appropriate scale
- Reviewing height, floor space and lot size controls for industrial areas to ensure the Local Government Area continues to support business and job growth
Council endorsed the Mayors 100 Day Plan on 2 February 2022, this included the commencement of the Local Environmental Plan Review. The establishment of a new Local Environmental Plan is a lengthy legislative process involving the community, Council and State Government.
Below is a brief indicative timeline of the Phase #2 LEP Review:
- Q1 2022: Commenced by reviewing adopted Land Use Strategies
- Q2 2022: Councillor Workshops to determine the scope of the review
- Q3 2022: Present Scoping Report to Council for endorsement
- Q4 2022: Early community engagement on Scoping Report
- Q1 2023: Prepare a ‘Planning Proposal’ to start the legislative process for a new LEP
- Q2 2023: Submit Planning Proposal to the Department of Planning & Environment (DPE)
- Q3 2023: Receive ‘Gateway Determination’ from DPE to allow Council to proceed
- Q4 2023: Public Exhibition and community engagement activities
- Q1 2024: Report findings of community engagement to Council
- Q3 2024: Gazettal of new Liverpool Local Environmental Plan
Two rounds of community engagement will be undertaken as part of the review (pre-engagement on the Scoping Report, and further engagement on the Planning Proposal). Findings of both exhibitions will be presented to Council.