What is a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

A Local Strategic Planning Statement is a legal document that will set the direction for how Council will plan for land use over the next 20 years. This will help Woollahra to remain a great area to live, work and enjoy leisure activities.

All Councils in NSW are required to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement. This is a new requirement introduced by changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 made in March 2018.

What does a Local Strategic Planning Statement do?

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will set out the future direction for land use planning in the Woollahra local government area. This will help improve clarity and certainty about planning matters.

Why do we need a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

All councils in Greater Sydney are required by law to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement. It will link local planning to NSW State Government strategic planning and set out a clear path for how land use planning for Woollahra will respond to changes over the next 20 years.

This is the first time that Council has prepared a Local Strategic Planning Statement. It is a new requirement that came into effect in March 2018 as part of updates to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to strengthen upfront strategic planning and increase community participation.

What does the Local Strategic Planning Statement include?

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will address how we will respond to change affecting important land use matters including:

  • neighbourhood character
  • employment and vibrant local centres
  • heritage and place-making
  • diverse housing choices for people at all stages in their lives.

It will also outline how the following NSW State Government strategic plans apply to Woollahra:

How will the Local Strategic Planning Statement be used?

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will provide a guide to the reasons behind planning controls and how land use is expected to change into the future to achieve the 20-year vision.

The planning controls in the Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014 and the Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015 will remain the main tools for delivering the land-use vision and guiding development. The Local Strategic Planning Statement will help shape how planning controls will evolve over time to meet community needs and to respond to change.

The Local Planning Statement can be used when applicants prepare a development application or a planning proposal (application to amend the Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014). It can also be used to clarify or justify development standards and controls if an application is appealed in the Land and Environment Court.

Who is a Local Strategic Planning Statement for?

The Local Strategic Planning Statement can be used by the community, government or industry to understand the reasons for planning controls and how Council will plan for future community needs.

How is the Local Strategic Planning Statement different to Woollahra 2030 (the Community Strategic Plan)?

Woollahra 2030 has a broad focus and a vision for all of Council. It sets out all business planning for all of Council's operations for a 5 year time period. It covers all social, environmental and economic matters such as libraries, bushcare, planning controls, stormwater and customer service.

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will:
  • focus specifically on the vision and priorities for land use planning in the local area
  • outline how we will plan for and respond to future change
  • justify planning controls.

Importantly, the Local Strategic Planning Statement will link long term land-use matters in Woollahra 2030 to requirements set out in the NSW State Government's strategic plans in a single clear document.

How will the Local Strategic Planning Statement affect me?

The preparation of the Local Strategic Planning Statement gives the community the opportunity to contribute to the 20-year land use vision for Woollahra. The Local Strategic Planning Statement will be used to help guide planning decisions and how we respond to land-use change over the next 20 years.

How will the community be consulted about the Local Strategic Planning Statement?

We want to hear from as many people in our community as we can, so we have planned consultation to occur in in two stages. This will help ensure that the Local Strategic Planning Statement reflects the views and values of our whole community.

Earlier this year we asked you to share what you love about our area and what you want it to be like 20-years from now using our interactive map.

We are publicly exhibiting the Draft Woollahra Local Strategic Planning Statement from 25 September 2019 to 8 November 2019.

The requirements for public consultation are set out in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

How can I have my say on the Draft Woollahra Local Strategic Planning Statement?

It’s easy to have your say. Just login or register for Your Say Woollahra and make a submission using the submission form.

Alternatively you can write to us and include the reference SC4618 submissions: 

  • by email records@woollahra.nsw.gov.au
  • by letter addressed to the General Manager at Woollahra Council, PO Box 61, Double Bay NSW 1360. 

Submissions can be made during the exhibition period Wednesday 25 September 2019 to Friday 8 November 2019. All submissions must be received before the exhibition closes at 4:30pm on Friday 8 November 2019.

When making a submission by email or letter, please provide your contact details such as an email address so we can keep you up-to-date on this project.

The requirements for public consultation are set out in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

To stay up-to-date on this project make sure you register for Your Say Woollahra. It’s free and easy to get started.


PRIVACY NOTE

Submissions, summaries of submissions, and/or names and email addresses of people making submissions may be included in publicly available reports to Council or Committee Meetings and Council's website.

Please note, in accordance with section 18(1)(b) of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), you are advised that all submissions received by Council will be placed on the appropriate Council file and may be disclosed to Councillors, Council Officers, consultants to Council or members of the public.



What will you do with my comments?

We have used your comments from our interactive map to shape the land-use vision for Woollahra over the next 20-years.  We hope this will help ensure that the Draft Woollahra Local Strategic Planning Statement reflects our local area and what our whole community wants for the future.

The Draft Woollahra Local Strategic Planning Statement will be publicly exhibited for 6 weeks from 25 September 2019 to 8 November 2019.

Matters raised during public exhibition will be reviewed and reported to Council after the public exhibition. The report and the Draft Woollahra Local Strategic Planning Statement will be submitted to the Greater Sydney Commission for their review and formal endorsement.


PRIVACY NOTE

Submissions, summaries of submissions, and/or names and email addresses of people making submissions may be included in publicly available reports to Council or Committee Meetings and Council's website.

Please note, in accordance with section 18(1)(b) of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), you are advised that all submissions received by Council will be placed on the appropriate Council file and may be disclosed to Councillors, Council Officers, consultants to Council or members of the public.


When will the Local Strategic Planning Statement come into effect?

The final Woollahra Local Strategic Planning Statement must be in place by 31 March 2020. This is a requirement of the Environmental Planning and Assessment (Savings, Transitional and Other Provisions) Regulation 2017.

Note: An extension to the original 1 December 2019 deadline was published by the State Government on 28 June 2019.


Where can I find more information?

Further information is available on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website and in the 'Important Links' section of this page.