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 7.11 Development Servicing Plans and NSW State Environmental Planning Policies.

Download our planning for non-planners document here(PDF, 164KB) .

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 during 2020. 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 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

Queanbeyan Development Control Plan 2012

The Queanbeyan Development Control Plan was adopted by Council on 12 December 2012. The most recent amendments came into effect on 30 October 2018.

Googong Development Control Plan

The Googong Development Control Plan commenced on 9 December 2010.

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 7.11 Plans and Local Planning Agreements

Section 7.11 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.

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
  • 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 Contribution Plans

Googong Urban Development Planning Agreement

The Googong Urban Development Planning Agreement applies to land known as the Googong Urban Release Area about 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. It was amended by a Deed of Novation on 16 February 2015 (see below).

Its objective is to provide for the:

  • carrying out of works
  • dedication of land
  • provision of other material benefits for infrastructure, facilities and services to meet the development of the Googong Urban Release Area. 

Documents for download

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

Documents for download

Planning Agreement to construct and operate Dargues Reef Gold Mine(PDF, 1MB)

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.

8. Flood Risk Management Plan

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, outlined in the figure below, 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.

QPRC Floodplain Risk Management Projects

We currently have a number of floodplain risk management processes underway. We have engaged consultants to undertake Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans for Braidwood and Queanbeyan. These studies and plans will be available for download on this page when they have been finalised.

Flood Studies and Maps

Braidwood

Bungendore -More information is available on the Bungendore Floodplain project here.

Captains Flat

Queanbeyan

You will be able to download the Queanbeyan Floodplains study and plan here when they have been developed.