The Central Coast community, council and development industry will benefit from simplified planning rules after the finalisation of the region’s new Local Environmental Plan (LEP).
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said the new LEP combines planning guidelines from the former Gosford and Wyong council areas into one comprehensive rulebook.
“The Central Coast has been operating under five different planning documents since Gosford and Wyong were amalgamated in 2016, each with separate controls,” Mr Crouch said.
“The Central Coast is Australia’s best place to live, work and play. We are one community and now we have one main blueprint that sets out the rules for our region.
“This new LEP creates consistency, cohesion and clarity for the community, investors, and council staff when preparing and assessing development applications.”
Minister for Planning and Minister for Housing Anthony Roberts said a new web mapping tool had been launched to display all planning controls in one place.
“Rather than having to sift through hundreds of pages of different maps and pdfs, all of the councils’ planning rules are contained in one clean updated online map,” Mr Roberts said.
“This digital leap forward means anyone from local residents to builders and beyond will be able to quickly and simply look up and find what they can do in a certain area, such as how high a structure can be.”
Central Coast Council Administrator Rik Hart said the consolidated LEP will be supported by an updated Development Control Plan (DCP) that sets out detailed planning and design guidelines for the region, such as building standards and environmental requirements.
“Community input played an important role in reaching these two milestones, after four years of extensive consultation resulting in 750 public submissions from agencies, residents and Councillors,” Mr Hart said.
“Having one LEP and one DCP puts us on a solid pathway to encourage new investment, jobs, and quality housing and infrastructure for our growing population.”
The Central Coast LEP and DCP will come into effect from 1 August 2022.
For more information visit: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/ppr/finalisation/central-coast-consolidated-lep.