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A Planning Proposal is the formal process by which a Local Environmental Plan is amended.

These amendments may take various forms, such as:

  • Amend the land use table to change the range of land uses permissible within a certain zone, or to introduce new land use definitions.
  • Amend map-based controls such as zoning or minimum lot size to vary the range or intensity of development options for a site. 
  • Introduce new local clauses to facilitate the lodging of development applications under certain circumstances.

Some Planning Proposals are initiated by Council, but most are initiated by a submission from an external applicant, usually a professional planning consultant, known as the Proponent.

Planning Proposal Submissions

Council resolved at the meeting of the Planning and Strategic Peak Committee of the Whole on 12 March 2014 to endorse new Council Templates for Planning Proposal Submissions and Guidelines. These should assist proponents in the preparation of a Planning Proposal for consideration by Council.  A Microsoft Word version of the template is provided together with a PDF version of the Guidelines. 

word  Proponent Initiated Planning Proposal Template - September 2018 (MS Word)

pdf Guidelines for Proponent Planning Proposal - Sep 2018 (PDF 156Kb)

It is recommended that you also consult the Department of Planning & Environment's Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals which may be viewed here and Guide to Preparing Local Environmental Plans which may be viewed here.

A summary of these requirements may be found in Chapter 8 of the Wingecarribee Local Planning Strategy 2015-2031 which was adopted by Council on 23 March 2016 and endorsed by the NSW Department of Planning on 15 May 2017.  Chapter 8 is reproduced below and sets out the strategic framework within which a Planning Proposal will be considered.

PDF Chapter 8 Managing Amendments to WLEP 2010 - of Wingecarribee Local Planning Strategy 2015-2031

Planning Proposals which are deemed by Council staff to not be of a satisfactory standard will be returned.

Proponents are also directed to Council's adopted Schedule of Fees and Charges where page 30 outlines Planning Proposal fees and associated charges which will be payable.  

The Fees and Charges provide for a fee payable on lodgement of a Planning Proposal with an additional payment due, based on the size of the proposed development, should the Department issue a Gateway Determination to proceed with the Planning Proposal.  

Please use this link to view the Wingecarribee Local Planning Strategy 2015-2031, adopted by Council on 23 March 2016 and endorsed (except for Chapter 4) by the Department of Planning & Environment on 15 May 2017.  

Declaration to Accompany Planning Submissions

From 1 October 2008, section 147 (an extract may be viewed below) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EP&A) Act 1979 requires the disclosure of political donations and gifts when making submissions in respect of planning matters.

Please include Form 1 with your submission, even if your answer on that form is 'no'. If your answer is 'yes', you will also need to complete and lodge Form 2 with your submission.

pdfSection 147 of EP&A Act (PDF, 44kB)
pdfPolitical Donations Declaration Form 1 (PDF, 25kB)
pdfPolitical Donations Declaration Form 2 (PDF, 11kB)

Further Information

For further information please contact:

Strategic Planning
Telephone: 02 4868 0888
Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au

Last Updated: September 20th, 2019
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