Planning controls

1.Overview

Land use planning policy in Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is defined through the Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans, Community Plans of Management, section 94 Development Contribution Plans, Local Planning Agreements, section 64 Development Servicing Plans and NSW State Environmental Planning Policies.

2.Local Environmental Plans

All land within Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is subject to the provisions of a local environmental plan (LEP). At this time there are seven local environmental plans operating with each applying to different parts of the local government area. Work is being done on a comprehensive LEP for the local government area which is expected to be completed late in 2019. You can view copies of our LEP's on the NSW Legislation website for each region by following the links below.

3.Development Control Plans

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 Braidwood Development Control Plan 2006(PDF, 6MB) 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 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 5 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

Queanbeyan Development Control Plan 2012

The Queanbeyan Development Control Plan was adopted by Council on 12 December 2012.

Googong Development Control Plan

The amended Googong Development Control Plan commenced on 18 November 2014.

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.

4.State Environmental Planning Policies

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).

5.Community Land Plans of Management

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:

6.Section 94 Plans and Local Planning Agreements

Section 94 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 permits Council to plan, identify and levy contributions upon 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.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 also provides for alternatives to contribution plans. This includes planning agreements and Council has one called Googong Urban Development Planning Agreement.

Current Section 94 Contribution Plans

Googong Urban Development Planning Agreement

7.Section 64 Plans

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.