24 Jun The Sutherland Shire’s new LEP
Finally after several years of preparation, public exhibition three times over 18 months, a total of 4901 submissions received including 1350 as a result of the final exhibition, The new 2015 Sutherland Shire LEP has been approved.
Sutherland Shire Council has employed more staff to process a flood of development applications expected now the new local environmental plan (LEP) has been gazetted. However, mayor Kent Johns warned there will still be delays because of the expected volume of applications.
This new LEP will shape development in the Sutherland Shire for the next 10 years.
The council had hoped the new LEP would have taken effect by the end of 2014.
Local architects and home builders have indicated that they have a large number of applications fully prepared and waiting to be lodged based on this new LEP.
To prepare for the expected increase in applications, the council has recruited additional staff and put in place a number of measures to get all applications processed as soon as possible. Some short-term delays are still expected however, council expects that under the new LEP many applications will comply and should therefore have an easier path through the assessment process.
The 2015 LEP (formerly the draft 2013 LEP) has been made and can be viewed on the NSW legislation website.
The 2015 LEP will not be available on council’s website from 23 June 2015 until further notice whilst council’s planning staff work on readying zoning information relating to the new LEP.
The LEP applies to all but a small portion of the Sutherland Shire and introduces new zones and development standards such as height, density and landscaped areas. DAs lodged under council’s new LEP will be assessed using the draft DCP until the DCP is adopted. This approach was endorsed by council at its meeting on 25 April 2015 (DAP092-15). The 2006 LEP is now superseded.