What is on exhibition?

    The planning proposal on exhibition seeks to amend the Woollahra LEP 2014 Flood Planning Map to include 837 additional properties, as recommended by the Paddington Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan 2019. These additional properties are located in Paddington, Edgecliff and Woollahra. These changes ensure that the most updated flooding information for the area is publicly accessible, therefore minimising any risk to both people and property.

    What is a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)?

    An LEP or ‘local environmental plan’ is Council’s main legal document for controlling development and guiding planning decisions made by Council to ensure that growth and development occurs in a planned and coordinated manner consistent with Council and community expectations and needs.

    An LEP contains land use zones which establish where residential, commercial, recreation and other uses can occur. It has development controls for buildings and land, including controls for height, floor space, subdivision and lot size. An LEP also provides protection for trees, heritage items, heritage conservation areas and environmentally sensitive areas.

    An LEP is made by Council in consultation with the community, and approved by the Minister for Planning, according to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

    An LEP is reviewed every 7 to 10 years to ensure that the LEP is forward looking and suitably addresses current and emerging planning issues.

    A copy of the Woollahra LEP 2014 can be found here: Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014

    Why is Council implementing these changes?

    Woollahra Council is making changes to the Flood Planning Map in the Woollahra LEP 2014 to ensure that newly identified flood prone properties will be subject to the appropriate controls, therefore protecting both people and property from any potential flood hazard.

    Who will be affected by the proposed changes?

    People who currently live in the areas of Paddington, Edgecliff and Woollahra are encouraged to note the updated flooding information.

    The changes will predominantly effect those who currently live in the affected areas or those that are looking to buy or develop property in these areas. 

    See ‘How will these changes affect the subject land?’ for more details.

    How will these changes affect the subject land?

    Identifying the subject sites on the Flood Planning Map will require applicable development to be considered against Clause 6.3 – Flood Planning of the Woollahra LEP 2014 and also the relevant provisions in the Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015 (Woollahra DCP 2015).

    Any applications involving development or change of use on an affected site require the preparation of a Flood Study. Additional studies and reports may also be required as per relevant provisions in the Woollahra DCP 2015.

    Ultimately, there are some additional costs involved with preparing an application for a site which is on the Flood Planning Map. However, improved resilience and safety are key benefits of such changes.

    How can I share my views on this planning proposal?

    The submission period has concluded. Written submissions on the planning proposal were able to be lodged during the public exhibition period which ran from Monday 29 June 2020 to Friday 14 August 2020.

    What happens to my submission?

    Your input will help inform Council decision making and shape the future of Woollahra. All submissions received during public exhibition will be reviewed and reported to the Environmental Planning Committee and to a Council meeting.


    The supply of personal information is voluntary. If personal information is not provided, Council may be limited in dealing with a submission. Submissions, summaries of submissions, and/or names and addresses of people making submissions may be included in publicly available reports to Council or Committee Meetings.

    Please note that, 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 in relation to any matter will be placed on the appropriate Council file and may be disclosed to Councillors, Council Officers, consultants to Council or members of the public.

    Pursuant to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) the Council may be obliged to allow inspection of its documents, including any submissions you may make.