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.
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.
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.