What is land rezoning?
Lake Macquarie's Local Environmental Plan (LEP) identifies areas called land zones - where certain types of development are permitted or prohibited. It also identifies other planning provisions, such as building heights and minimum lot sizes.
Any change to the zoning of land requires an LEP amendment, which may take six plus months and cost more than $10,000. It requires the support of Council, consultation with the community as well as State Government agencies and the approval of the Minister of Planning.
The process begins with an initial consultation with our Integrated Planning staff to review your rezoning request or concept, to determine what you may be able to do with your land.
Rezoning is usually only supported when the applicant can demonstrate one or more of the following:
- An error or anomaly in the LEP.
- The land could not reasonably be developed or used for a permitted use under the existing zoning.
- The rezoning would provide considerable community/public benefit
- In all cases, the amendment needs to be consistent with the Hunter Regional Plan and Council's Lifestyle 2030 strategy.
Lodge an LEP amendment request
Before preparing a preliminary LEP amendment request, please speak with our Integrated Planning team on 02 4921 0333.
Formal request will need to address all matters identified in Council's Guidelines for preparation of Rezoning /LEP Amendment Requests.
Further information on the rezoning process is contained in Council's Information Sheet.
What should you include in a preliminary LEP amendment request?
Information required for a preliminary LEP amendment request will vary depending on the site and the proposal. Information should be concise. It often helps if you engage someone with experience and expertise in this field, such as a qualified town planning consultant.
Your LEP amendment request needs to include:
- the property description (Lot, Deposited Plan and address)
- the reasons why an amendment to the LEP is being requested
- an indicative development concept illustrating the nature and scale of development envisaged for the land.
No specific studies are required at this preliminary stage, although it is useful to identify possible issues that will need to be addressed, such as biodiversity offsetting or land contamination.
When does Council encourage rezoning?
Lake Macquarie LEP 2014 has a number of areas zoned RU6 Transition Zone. Council has previously resolved to give priority to rezoning requests for these areas. Land that is identified in the Urban Change and Investigation Map in the Lifestyle 2030 Strategy also has priority.
What current LEP Amendments is Council undertaking?
To view LEP Amendments and find out more information, visit the Department of Planning Environment's LEP Tracking system.
Enquiries and advice about rezoning
For advice about rezoning, you can make an appointment with our Integrated Planning team by phone, email, post or in person:
- 02 4921 0333
- Postal address
- PO Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
- Street address
Lake Macquarie City Council Administration Building,
126-138 Main Road, Speers Point, NSW2284
- Opening hours
Page last updated: 22 March 2018