Local Planning Controls

Imagine Lake Mac

Council is responsible for setting the long-term vision for land-use planning in the City in collaboration with the community. This vision is outline in our Imagine Lake Mac Strategy.

Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan

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.

Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan

The Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan (LMDCP) 2014 is the supporting document for the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014. It provides guidance and details requirements for development that should be taken into account when preparing a Development Application (DA).

General

Specific Land Uses (Part 9)

Area Plans (Part 10)

Heritage Area Plans: (Part 11)

Precinct Area Plans (Part 12)

Development Guidelines

We have a range of development guidelines that show you how to prepare specific information that should be submitted with your Development Application. The guidelines you need to use for particularly development types are highlighted in the Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan 2014.

Natural Environment Guidelines

You should consult these guides if you are making any management and planning decision that could affect specific threatened species and their habitat in Lake Macquarie

Development Guidelines

DCP General
DCP Environment
DCP Economic
DCP Energy
DCP Flooding
DCP Heritage
DCP Landscape and Engineering Design

Construction Guidelines

Standard Drawings

Street signs

Planning controls for Catherine Hill Bay South

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.