Council is responsible for setting the long-term vision for land-use planning in the City in collaboration with the community. This vision is outlined in our Lake Macquarie Local Strategic Planning Statement.
Lake Macquarie Housing Strategy
The Lake Macquarie Housing Strategy(PDF, 8MB) aims to deliver a diverse mix of affordable and sustainable housing supply close to services, facilities and infrastructure to meet our growing population's housing needs.
The Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan (LMLEP) 2014 establishes zones of land, such as environmental, rural, residential, business and industrial. Each zone specifies which developments are permitted with consent, permitted without consent, or prohibited. All land, privately-owned, leased or publicly-owned, is subject to these controls. LMLEP also identifies other planning provisions, such as maximum building heights and minimum lot sizes.
LMLEP consists of a written document and a series of maps.
As of 1 December 2021, a reference to an Environment Protection zone E1, E2, E3 or E4 in a document should be taken to be a reference to a Conservation zone C1, C2, C3 or C4. Please refer to below table.
For further information please see Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Amendment (Land Use Zones) Order 2021(PDF, 245KB)
||Revised name (as of 1 December 2021)
Zone E1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves
| Zone C1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves
| Zone E2 – Environmental Conservation
|| Zone C2 – Environmental Conservation
| Zone E3 – Environmental Management
|| Zone C3 – Environmental Management
| Zone E4 – Environmental Living
|| Zone C4 – Environmental Living
Some parts of the City have planning controls that are not contained in the Lake Macquarie Local Environment Plan or Development Control Plan. The planning controls for Catherine Hill Bay South are contained in Part 11 of the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2004 and Catherine Hill Bay (South) Development Control Plan 2012(PDF, 16MB) and part of the Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan No.1.
Our Guidance for Development Applications in Catherine Hill Bay South(PDF, 1MB) fact sheet provides guidance for applicants who are seeking to prepare and submit Development Applications to Council for new houses at Beaches Catherine Hill Bay.