Land use planning and development outcomes in Queanbeyan-Palerang are guided by a range of planning policies including Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans, Community Plans of Management, Section 7.11 Development Contribution Plans, Local Planning Agreements, Section 64 Development Servicing Plans and NSW State Environmental Planning Policies.
Council has prepared the following document ‘Planning for Non-Planners’ to help residents better understand how the planning system is implemented in NSW.
Download our planning for non-planners document here(PDF, 479KB) .
All land within Queanbeyan-Palerang is subject to the provisions of the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2022. This LEP came into effect on 14 November 2022. You can view copies of the LEP on the NSW Legislation website by following the link below.
Development Control Plans (DCPs) supplement the Local Environmental Plans by providing more detailed development controls regarding aspects like building design, landscaping, car parking and the like. There are four DCPs that apply in the Queanbeyan-Palerang Local Government Area.
Braidwood Development Control Plan 2006
The most recent version of the Braidwood Development Control Plan (BDCP) 2006 was adopted by Council on 27 October 2021 and became effective on 10 November 2021.
The Braidwood Development Control Plan 2006(PDF, 5MB) also continues to operate under the Heritage Act 1977 in the State listed conservation area ‘Braidwood and its setting’ as the document which determines whether or not approval under section 60 of the Act is required.
Any development in the State listed area which does not comply with the provisions of the Braidwood Development Control Plan 2006 will require Heritage Act approval and will be considered as integrated development under Division 4.8 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
Palerang Development Control Plan 2015
The Palerang Development Control Plan 2015 came into effect on 27 May 2015. The most recent amendments came into effect on 14 November 2022.
Queanbeyan Development Control Plan 2012
The Queanbeyan Development Control Plan was adopted by Council on 21 December 2012. The most recent amendments became effective on 23 August 2023.
- DCP Combined Table of Contents(PDF, 219KB)
- Part 1 - Queanbeyan Development Control Plan Version 2020(PDF, 694KB)
- Part 2 - All Zones(PDF, 1MB)
- Part 3a - Single Dwelling Houses(PDF, 2MB)
- Part 3b - Secondary Dwellings in Residential Zones(PDF, 278KB)
- Part 3c - Dual Occupancies, Multi Dwelling Housing and Residential Flat Buildings(PDF, 2MB)
- Part 3d - Shop Top Housing(PDF, 275KB)
- Part 4 - Heritage and Conservation(PDF, 2MB)
- Part 5 - Rural, Environmental and R5 Large Lot Residential(PDF, 527KB)
- Part 6 -Central Business District(PDF, 1MB)
- Part 7 - Industrial Zones(PDF, 400KB)
Googong Development Control Plan
The Googong Development Control Plan commenced on 9 December 2010. The most recent amendments became effective from 23 May 2023.
- Combined Table of Contents(PDF, 221KB)
- Parts 1 and 2 - Preliminary and Context(PDF, 2MB)
- Part 3 - The Master Plan(PDF, 1MB)
- Parts 4 and 5 - Subdivision and design(PDF, 799KB)
- Part 6 - Single Dwellings, Alterations, Additions and Studio Apartments(PDF, 795KB)
- Part 7 - Small Lots, Multi Dwelling, Dual Occupancies and Residential Flats(PDF, 1MB)
- Part 8 - Environmental Management(PDF, 299KB)
- Part 9 - Advertising Signage(PDF, 412KB)
- Part 10 - Town Centre and Neighbourhood Centres(PDF, 2MB)
- Appendices 1 and 2 - Glossary and Master Plan maps(PDF, 862KB)
- Appendix 3 - Neighbourhood Structure Map - Neighbourhood 1A(PDF, 2MB)
- Appendix 4 - Neighbourhood Structure Map - Talpa(PDF, 658KB)
- Appendix 5 - Neighbourhood Structure Map - Neighbourhood 1B(PDF, 1MB)
- Appendix 6- Neighbourhood Structure Map - Bunyip(PDF, 2MB)
- Appendix 7 - Structure Plan - Neighbourhood 1 Centre(PDF, 1MB)
- Appendix 8 - Updated Master Plans and Structure Plans - Neighbourhood 2(PDF, 5MB)
- Appendix 9 - Neighbourhood Structure Plans - Sunset Estate(PDF, 957KB)
- Appendix 10 - Neighbourhood Structure Plans - Neighbourhoods 3 to 5(PDF, 2MB)
South Jerrabomberra Development Control Plan
The South Jerrabomberra Development Control Plan was adopted by Council at its PDRC meeting on 11 February 2015. The date of commencement of this DCP is 6 March 2015 and the most recent amendments came into effect 14 November 2022.
- Combined Table of Contents(PDF, 240KB)
- Parts 1 and 2 - Preliminary and Context(PDF, 1MB)
- Part 3 - Master Plan(PDF, 719KB)
- Parts 4 and 5 - Subdivision, Roads and Public Places(PDF, 723KB)
- Part 6 - Single Dwellings, Alterations, Additions and Secondary Dwellings(PDF, 537KB)
- Part 7 - Small Lot and Multi Dwelling Housing, Dual Occupancies and Residential Flat Buildings(PDF, 1MB)
- Part 8 - Environmental Management(PDF, 312KB)
- Part 9 - Signage(PDF, 388KB)
- Part 10 - Neighbourhood Centre Controls and Principles(PDF, 337KB)
- Part 11 - Business Park and Employment Land Controls(PDF, 310KB)
- Appendices 1 and 2 - Glossary of Terms and Master Plan Maps(PDF, 723KB)
- Appendix 3 - Neighbourhood Structure Plans(PDF, 2MB)
- Appendix 4 - Aircraft Noise Assessment Guidelines(PDF, 332KB)
Accredited Landscape Consultants and Contractors
You can view our accredited landscape consultants and contractors here.
- Download the statement of completed landscape works(PDF, 87KB)
- Download the landscape contractor application form
In addition to Council’s LEPs and DCPs there are also State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) which have been implemented by the NSW state government for specific areas, development types and planning issues. These controls are also found on the NSW Legislation Website under "S" in "Browse in Force" Environmental Planning Instruments (EPIs).
Community Land Plans of Management apply to most public lands under the care, control and management of Council and classified as 'community' under the Local Government Act 1993. The plans set out Council's management regimes for the land. Please note that the plans do not necessarily include 'Crown land' that is under the care, control and management of Council. The following Plans of Management are available and are updated as required:
- General Community Use Plan of Management(PDF, 2MB)
- Plan of Management - Parks(PDF, 10MB)
- Natural Areas Plan of Management(PDF, 2MB)
- Natural Areas Plan of Management - Addendum 1(PDF, 2MB)
- Plan of Management Jerrabomberra Community Centre & Youth Facilities(PDF, 1MB)
- Plan of Management Jerrabomberra Creek(PDF, 1MB)
- Plan of Management Mount Jerrabomberra(PDF, 8MB)
- Plan of Management Queanbeyan River Riparian Corridor Strategy(PDF, 4MB)
- Plan of Management Queanbeyan Showground(PDF, 2MB)
- Plan of Management Ray Morton Park(PDF, 931KB)
- Plan of Management Seiffert Oval(PDF, 1MB)
- Plan of Management Sportsgrounds(PDF, 11MB)
- Plan of Management - 16 Agnes Avenue Crestwood (adjoining Ross Road) - General Community Use(PDF, 890KB)
Sections 7.11 and 7.12 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 permits Council to plan, identify and levy contributions on new development where it has established that the development is likely to result in increased demand for public services and public amenities within the local government area.
Section 7.4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 provides for alternatives to contribution plans called planning agreements. Planning agreements (also commonly referred to as VPAs) are voluntary agreements entered into by Council and a developer to deliver public benefits. Council has a number of executed planning agreements. These include:
- Googong Urban Development Planning Agreement
- Jerrabomberra Innovation Precinct Infrastructure Planning Agreement 2020
- Jumping Creek Voluntary Planning Agreement 2021
- South Tralee Essential Infrastructure Planning Agreement
- 18 Mecca Lane, Bungendore Planning Agreement and
- Big Island Pty Ltd Planning Agreement relating to the Dargues Creek mine at Majors Creek
Current Section 7.11 and 7.12 Contribution Plans
- Queanbeyan City Council Section 94 Contributions Plan 2012(PDF, 2MB)
- Queanbeyan Section 7.12 Fixed Levy Development Contributions Plan - commenced 30 July 2021(PDF, 2MB)
- Queanbeyan City Council Section 94 Contributions Plan (Googong) 2015(PDF, 2MB)
- Queanbeyan City Council Section 94 Contributions Plan - Extractive Industry 2014(PDF, 762KB)
- Palerang Section 94A Development Contribution Plan(PDF, 841KB)
- Cooma-Monaro Section 94 Contributions Plan (Roads & Open Space)(PDF, 385KB)
- Gunning Section 94 Contributions Plan for Provision of Public Amenities and Services(PDF, 2MB)
- Mulwaree Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2003-2008(PDF, 2MB)
- Palerang Section 94 Plan No.10 - Provision of Kings Highway Culverts at South Bungendore(PDF, 1MB)
- Bungendore Section 7.11 Development Contributions Plan for Car Parking Facilities 2021(PDF, 1MB)
- Bungendore Section 7.11 Development Contributions Plan for Community and Recreation Facilities 2022(PDF, 1MB)
- Bungendore Section 7.11 Contributions Plan No.8 - Provision of Pathway Network at Bungendore(PDF, 1MB)
- Bungendore Section 7.11 Contributions Plan No.9 - Street Upgrading at Bungendore(PDF, 1MB)
- South Jerrabomberra Local Contribution Plan - April 2018(PDF, 2MB)
- South Jerrabomberra Local Infrastructure Contributions Works Schedule - April 2018(PDF, 64KB)
- Tallaganda Section 94 Contributions Plan No.3 - Roadworks(PDF, 63KB)
- Tallaganda Section 94 Plan No.4 - Bush Fire Control and Suppression(PDF, 59KB)
- Yarrowlumla Council Section 94 Contribution Plan (No. 2) for Provision of Access Roads(PDF, 5MB)
- Yarrowlumla Section 94 Plan No.3 - Provision of Community Facilities(PDF, 743KB)
Googong Urban Development Planning Agreement
The Googong Urban Development Planning Agreement applies to land known as the Googong Urban Release Area approximately 10 kilometres south of the Queanbeyan CBD. It was originally executed on 12 January 2012 between the then Queanbeyan City Council, Googong Development Corporation and CIC Australia Limited. The objective of the Googong Urban Development Planning Agreement is to provide for the carrying out of works, the dedication of land, and the provision of other material public benefits for the provision of infrastructure, facilities and services to meet the Development on the Land.
On 16 February 2015 (see below) it was amended by a Deed of Novation. This changed one of the entities who was a party to the Voluntary Planning Agreement for Googong being the Googong Development Corporation Pty Ltd to a new entity known as Googong Township Pty Ltd.
On 13 January 2020 Variation (No. 1) to the Googong Urban Development Local Planning Agreement was executed by the parties (see below). This updated and varied the original planning agreement (shown by track changes) in the following manner:
- Alterations to definitions to maintain the currency of the Planning Agreement,
- Inclusion of clauses relevant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Council, the Developer and the Queanbeyan Rugby Union Football Club Incorporated for the Developer to develop and provide public recreation land to the Queanbeyan Rugby Union Football Club Incorporated,
- Insertion of new items, deletion of redundant items and amendment to other items of the Development Contributions to be provided by the Developer, and their respective Contribution Values, under Schedule 1 of the Planning Agreement,
- Alteration of indices used for the indexation of Contribution Values for Offsite Road Contributions, and updates to the works schedule for Offsite Local Roads.
On 14 May 2020 the Second Deed of Variation to the Googong Urban Development Local Planning Agreement was executed by the parties (see below). This varied the original planning agreement in the following manner:
- Dedicate approximately 5554m2 of land to Council for a Council depot; and
- Carry out noise attenuation works to Stage D of the Googong Water Recycling Plant.
Documents for Download
Jerrabomberra Innovation Precinct Infrastructure Planning Agreement 2020
The Jerrabomberra Innovation Precinct Infrastructure Planning Agreement 2020 was originally executed on 5 June 2020 and is an agreement between Council, The Village Building Company and Poplars Developments in respect of the future provision of infrastructure at South Jerrabomberra and West Jerrabomberra.
The agreement establishes a commitment between all parties to collectively contribute to specific infrastructure items in the release area in order to facilitate new residential and commercial development. Examples of infrastructure to be provided under the agreement include new roads, intersections, recreational facilities, water supply, sewerage and electricity.
A Deed of Variation to the agreement was subsequently endorsed on 8 December 2020 to include additional details in respect of the land proposed to be dedicated for the Regional Sports Facility, and, to confirm the arrangements for electricity supply to the first stages of the development.
Document for download
Jumping Creek Voluntary Planning Agreement 2021
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and PEET Jumping Creek Pty Ltd have executed a Voluntary Planning Agreement (‘VPA’) in respect of land at 28 Lonergan Drive, Greenleigh known as “Jumping Creek”. The VPA was executed by both parties on 9 November 2021.
The VPA provides arrangements for PEET to make certain developer contributions to support its proposed development of 218 residential lots at Jumping Creek as follows:
- The rehabilitation and improvement of 47.2ha of land not proposed to be developed for residential uses, and the dedication of this land to Council for future public ownership
- The dedication of 8.7ha of land for active local open space (local park) and embellishment of that land for facilities such as play equipment to the value of $500,000 and
- Monetary contributions for offsite roads, community services and plan administration and for water and sewer infrastructure to the value of approximately $4,545,475
A copy of the executed VPA and accompanying documents can downloaded below.
South Tralee Essential Infrastructure Planning Agreement
The South Tralee Essential Infrastructure Planning Agreement applies to land known as South Jerrabomberra Urban Release Area about 12 kilometres south west of the Queanbeyan CBD adjoining ACT Hume. It was originally executed on 19 June 2018 between Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and Canberra Estates Consortium No 4 Pty.
Its objective is to provide for the:
- provision of sewer and potable water supply infrastructure
- facilities and services (essential infrastructure) to meet the demands of the Development and other development within the South Jerrabomberra Urban Release Area.
Document for Download
South Tralee Essential Infrastructure Planning Agreement - 19 June 2018(PDF, 44MB)
18 Mecca Lane, Bungendore
The 18 Mecca Lane, Bungendore Planning Agreement applies to 18 Mecca Lane, Bungendore. It was executed July and September 2019 between Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and Paul Gerard Niven and Alice Elizabeth Niven. Its objective is to require the Developer to make Development Contributions for water and sewer supply in conjunction with the carrying out of the Development.
Document for download
18 Mecca Lane, Bungendore Planning Agreement(PDF, 907KB)
Big Island Mining Pty Ltd Planning Agreement
The Big Island Mining Pty Ltd Planning Agreement applies to the Dargue Creek Mine at Majors Creek. It was executed on 15 February 2013 between the then Palerang Council and Big Island Mining Pty Ltd.
It provides for the mining operator to:
- make a Development Contribution for the upgrading of sections of the Braidwood to Majors Creek Road (which lay, at the date of the original Agreement, within the Palerang Council Local Government Area) and
- make a contribution for the benefit of the Braidwood Community (Section 94 Contribution) for the upgrading of facilities at the Braidwood Recreation Ground
On 23 April 2021, the Deed of Amendment to the Big Island Mining Pty Ltd Planning Agreement was executed by
representatives of Big Island Mining Pty Ltd and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council. The Deed of Amendment generally updates the original planning agreement and amongst other things includes the following amendments:
- Deletion of the one-off contributions that have already been paid by the Developer to Council
- Amendment to the annual payment by the Developer towards road infrastructure works by increasing the payment amount and clarifying that the payment is to be put towards ongoing pavement upkeep along the haulage route being that part of Majors Creek Road which lies between the development and Araluen Road
- Clarification that s7.11, 7.12 and s7.24 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 are not excluded from applying to the development and the contributions payable by the Developer are to be taken into consideration for the purpose of s7.11
- Inclusion of an enforcement clause providing for a bank guarantee in favour of Council in the event of non-payment of the contributions payable under the Planning Agreement.
Documents for Download
Section 64 of the Local Government Act 1993 allows contributions to be levied towards the provision of water, sewerage and stormwater infrastructure. Council must have a Developer Servicing Plan in order to levy a Section 64 contribution. The developer servicing plans enable Council to levy contributions where the anticipated development will or is likely to increase the demand for water or sewer supply services. The contributions levied will allow Council to provide for the required increased capacity.
Our Local Government Area has a large number of drainage catchments and creeks, rivers and floodplains. Due to historical development patterns, the towns of Braidwood, Bungendore and Captains Flat are located on the floodplains of a number of small creeks and rivers. The central area of Queanbeyan sits on a more significant floodplain.
The NSW Government has developed the Flood Prone Land Policy, the Floodplain Risk Management Process and the Floodplain Development Manual to guide management of floodplains. The aim of the Policy is to safely manage existing communities at risk through appropriate controls and emergency management while allowing appropriate development of new land within floodplains. New development is required to consider the effects of the development on existing development, the future risk to new communities and emergency management for the new community. New development will only be permitted where risks to existing and future communities can be effectively managed.
To better protect existing communities and to assess future development opportunities, we are required to undertake floodplain risk management studies for at-risk communities. The process involves the study of the catchment, the watercourses, the communities and emergency responses. The process ultimately recommends a series of structural works (such as levee banks), planning controls (such as minimum floor levels) and emergency response procedures (such as evacuation routes) that, when implemented, will reduce risk to the existing community to an acceptable level.
Flood Studies and Maps
Bungendore - More information is available on the Bungendore Floodplain project here.
A new bushfire prone land map has been prepared for the QRPC region. In consultation with the NSW Rural Fire Service, maps have been reviewed and updated to conform with the most recent mapping requirements.
Download the bushfire prone land map(PDF, 9MB)
From 1 December 2021, the NSW Government renamed all the Environment zones in the state to Conservation zones.
The new zone names will be:
- Zone C1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves (formerly E1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves)
- Zone C2 – Environmental Conservation (formerly E2 – Environmental Conservation)
- Zone C3 – Environmental Management (formerly E3 – Environmental Management)
- Zone C4 – Environmental Living (formerly E4 – Environmental Living)
The objectives and land use tables remain the same across all zones. Only the prefix and zone category are changing.
The change is purely administrative and of name only. There are no changes to what can be carried out on your land, or the development consent process. The change is being given effect through the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Amendment (Land Use Zones) Order 2021.
Reason for the change:
The NSW Government’s Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) advised that the reason for this change is because the name ‘environment protection zone’ is too broad and is open to multiple interpretations which can cause confusion about the purpose, intent, and objectives of the zone. The Department believes that ‘Conservation’ clearly signals that this zone is about conserving the environmental values and natural qualities in areas where it applies.
Further information is available from the Planning NSW website