In line with best-practice planning framework, Cowra is conducting a five-year review of its 2012 Local Environment Plan (LEP), Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West has announced.
Local environment plans are blueprints for all local government areas that determine appropriate land-use, lot sizes, public land classifications, and approved development areas. They utilise State Government guidelines and are ultimately approved by the Local Government Minister.
"Anyone who feels they have something to say on this robust review is encouraged to provide their feedback to Council by Monday, August 28," Cr West said.
The current Review will examine local issues including rural boundary adjustments, residential minimum lot sizes, intensive agricultural land-use, and classification of public land.
"Of particular interest to some local land-owners are proposed amendments to what is known as the 'sunset clause' which currently requires property-owners to gain dwelling approval on some land within the Shire within a time-period," Cr West said.
"Some of these land-owners were facing the expiry of the sunset clause in January next year, but Council has sought advice on this and it is now proposed that in the majority of cases the dwelling entitlement will not expire," Cr West said.
To explain the proposed changes, Council has developed both an Issues Paper that examines proposed amendments in full and a Summary of the Recommendations Report which provides a snapshot of these amendments as recommended by Council.
"I urge anyone potentially affected by, or interested in, this LEP review to study both of these documents together. They complement each other and you can only understand the review properly by viewing them in tandem," Cr West emphasised.
"This public consultation is only the first step in the process of reviewing this LEP and provides our community with the chance to make their opinions heard," Cr West added.
The Issues Paper and the Summary of Recommendations Report may be viewed during normal business hours at Cowra Shire Council's Customer Service Centre, 116 Kendal Street Cowra.
"In addition, the review is also available on Council's website at www.cowracouncil.com.au via the 'public exhibition link' on the homepage. "Submissions can be made in writing or by email to Council no later than 4.30pm on 28 August 2017," Cr West concluded.
For more information or to discuss issues to do with the LEP Review, contact Council's Land-Use Planner, Dean Steward on (02) 6340 2047, or Director — Environmental Services, Kate Alberry on (02) 6340 2045.