The Environmental and Urban Edge Zone Review has been undertaken to provide optimal land use outcomes that are both environmentally responsible and promote viable urban centres through the application of land use zonings into the Central Coast Local Environmental Plan.
Why we are doing this?
In 2006, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) introduced the Standard Instrument Local Environmental Plan (LEP), which includes new land use zones to standardise local government planning across NSW.
A direction was issued for all councils to prepare a principle local environmental plan that adopts the standard instrument. In order to fulfil the direction from the NSW State Government, Council's Deferred Matters lands need to be updated and replaced by the new environmental protection zones (E zones). This will bring an end to the legacy of multiple environmental planning instruments, including the Interim Development Order 122 and Gosford Planning Scheme Ordinance .
The zoning recommendations of the Environmental and Urban Edge Zone Review will fulfill the direction from the NSW State Government and provide certainty for many landowners within the southern Central Coast region.
How we are doing this?
Council has undertaken the Environmental and Urban Edge Zone Review. This Review identified Standard Instrument zonings through a series of stakeholder workshops, which included government agencies, environmental groups, planning consultants and Aboriginal Land Councils.
An evidence-based approach was applied using an innovative multi-criteria evaluation technique which included landscape analysis to allocate the Deferred Matter lands into the proposed zones.
The proposed zones were guided by the Northern Councils E Zone Review and Planning Practice Note PN 09-002 Environmental Protection Zones as required by the Department of Planning and Environment. This independent review considered the way E zones and overlays were being applied to land on the Far North Coast.
The zoning outcomes of the Environmental and Urban Edge Zone Review are to be implemented through the consolidated Central Coast Local Environmental Plan.