Local Environment Plan (LEP) proposal approved by Council

Cowra Council's five-year review of its Local Environmental Plan 2012 was recently approved by Council and will now progress to the Department of Planning, Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West said.

Council has prepared the five 'planning proposals' to be sent to the Department in accordance with requirements of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 in seeking to amend the current LEP.

"Local environment plans are blueprints that determine appropriate land-use, lot sizes, public land classifications, new heritage items identified as well as some administration inclusions using State Government guidelines; these proposals are only the next stage in an involved, detailed process," Cr West explained.

The approval process followed a lengthy public consultation on the proposed LEP amendments with a number of local submissions on possible changes. The Review examined local issues including rural boundary adjustments, residential minimum lot sizes, intensive agricultural land-use, and classification of public land.

"These documents are now to be sent to the Department of Planning and Environment for a 'Gateway Determination' on their compliance with the Act; and we are hopeful that these proposals will meet the criteria for the next step of the approval process," Cr West concluded.