GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT ON MATTERS FOR DETERMINATION SUBMITTED TO THE Ordinary Council Meeting TO BE HELD ON Monday 21 March, 2011

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ITEM 37    UPDATE REPORT ON LOCAL ENVIORNMENTAL PLAN ......... 2   

 

ANNEXURE ITEMS

 

 


 

 

ITEM 37 - UPDATE REPORT ON LOCAL ENVIORNMENTAL PLAN

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

To update Councillors on the Local Environmental Plan

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

Area of Responsibility

Local Environmental Plan

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\My Workspace\Business Paper Report Directory\Working Reports InfoCouncil 2011 - 228265

 

Director of Environmental Services' REPORT

 

Letter of Offer for Funding

As stated in the Council Report, Cabonne Council (as part of the WBC Alliance) has received a Letter of Offer from the Department of Planning for ‘In Kind Assistance’ under the Local Environmental Plan (‘LEP’) Acceleration Fund.  The Letter of Offer requires Council to reply within 14 days of receipt which is estimated to be Friday, 25 March 2011.

The Letter of Offer provides $148,400 (excluding GST) in funding for the three Councils (shared in thirds).  This money is designed to pay for consultants to undertake dedicated planning and GIS mapping services to prepare and revise the three (3) LEPs and must be completed by 31 December 2011.

 

Creation of a ‘Conversion LEP’

Please note that this funding is based on the ‘conversion’ of our existing LEP across to the new Standard Instrument template (‘conversion LEP’).  It does not include the incorporation of any significant changes recommended by adopted or draft strategies that are/have been prepared which would be included in a ‘comprehensive LEP’.  Council still requires further consultation with the Department as to the limitations to changes that can be made. 

In brief summary this means that the new LEP will retain:

·    Village Zones for our settlements;

·    Large lot residential zones for our rural small holdings;

·    The existing Minimum Lot Size (‘MLS’) of 100ha for rural zones;

·    Protection for the Molong Drinking Water Catchment.

 

Continued Strategic Land Use Preparation for a ‘Comprehensive LEP’

Whilst the Department / Consultant is assisting with delivering the ‘conversion LEP’ to the community, it is proposed that Council’s Strategic Planner continue to prepare the necessary land use strategies to support a ‘comprehensive LEP’.  Therefore, there will be only limited delay to the introduction of a ‘comprehensive LEP’ caused by this proposal. 

 

Key Benefits & Challenges

The key benefits of moving to the ‘conversion LEP’ rather than a ‘comprehensive LEP’ are:

·    The provision of funding and resources to assist with delivering the LEP to the community;

·    The input of a qualified consultant to deliver consultation and administrative functions that currently consume a great deal of Council’s Strategic Planner’s time and resource;

·    A reduced timeframe to deliver a new LEP in the form of the Standard Instrument;

·    A simpler transition process where the community can adapt to the new Standard Instrument before having to provide input on a variety of potential amendments through the strategies;

·    A staged process whereby Council achieves a new LEP in a quicker timeframe without rushing the strategic work necessary to ensure good planning outcomes.

The potential challenges of moving to the ‘conversion LEP’ rather than a ‘comprehensive LEP’ are:

·    The risk that the process will be controlled by the Department of Planning/Consultant rather than Council (this is offset by our proposal that Council’s Strategic Planner effectively prepare a ‘conversion LEP’ in the next 6-8 weeks so that the primary role of the consultant/Department is to ‘deliver’ our draft to the community;

·    The additional resources that will be put into the ‘conversion LEP’ that could be spent on delivering the ‘comprehensive LEP’ (this is offset by the funding, the reduced load on Council’s Strategic Planner which will release him to deliver the land use strategies and the simpler process of making amendments to the ‘conversion LEP’ as a Planning Proposal at a later time);

·    A potential perception that a ‘conversion LEP’ will not address many of the amendments that people are looking for in the new LEP (this is offset by notifying the community that the land use strategies will be shortly finalised and will inform the necessary changes).

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT: Council accepts the Letter of Offer from the Department and agrees to assistance to allow for the preparation of a ‘conversion LEP’ with an intended deadline of 31 December 2011. 

 

 

 

   


GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT ON MATTERS FOR NOTATION SUBMITTED TO THE Ordinary Council Meeting TO BE HELD ON Monday 21 March, 2011

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

ITEM 26    LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN ACCELERATION FUND........ 1  

 

ANNEXURE ITEMS

 

ANNEXURE 26.1  Letter of Offer, LEP Acceleration Fund......... 2 

 


 

 

ITEM 26 - LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN ACCELERATION FUND

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

For the information of Councillors

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

Area of Responsibility

Environmental Services

Annexures

1.  Letter of Offer, LEP Acceleration Fund    

File Number

\My Workspace\Business Paper Report Directory\Working Reports InfoCouncil 2011 - 228257

 

Director of Environmental Services' REPORT

 

Council is in recent receipt of an offer from NSW Department of Planning for Acceleration Funding to complete the review of Council’s LEP. A copy of the assistance offer is attached for the information of Council. The Department is seeking a response from Council to accept the funding offer by Friday 25 March 2011.

 

Further information will be provided at the Council meeting to discuss the benefits and opportunities of the funding offer.

 

 

  


Item 26 Ordinary Meeting 21 March 2011

Item 26 - Annexure 1