Planning for Wyee
New residential land west of the railway station
On 24 May 2013, the NSW Government published Amendment 61 to the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2004.
The Amendment 61 rezoned approximately 164 hectares of land west of the Wyee Railway Station to allow a new residential subdivision and future medium density residential development. Further detail on how this land is to be developed is contained within the Wyee West Area Plan, which can be found in Part 12 of Council’s Citywide Development Control Plan. This allows development reflecting both Council's Wyee Structure Plan, and the Hunter Regional Plan.
Wyee West Paper Subdivision
A paper subdivision is the term used to describe land parcels that are recognised on paper only. In most cases, they have no formed roads, drainage, reticulated water and sewerage or electricity.
As well as paving the way for a new 750-lot subdivision between Hue Hue Road and Bushells Ridge Road, LEP amendment 61 rezoned the majority of land within the area known as the Wyee West Paper Subdivision from rural to residential.
Despite the residential zoning, the land in this area - Lots 202-400 in DP 7506 - still lacks the essential infrastructure to enable Council to grant consent to dwellings on these allotments. The area will require construction of sealed roads, drainage, reticulated sewer and water, power and telecommunications.
Paper Subdivision Legislation
The Department of Planning and Environment finalised legislation in 2013 to assist with the development of paper subdivisions - such as at Wyee. Under the provisions, a relevant authority, possibly Council or another government agency, may prepare a Development Plan that details the required subdivision works, the cost and proposed funding method for those works. A Development Plan may also include provisions for the voluntary or compulsory acquisition of land and rules about compensation associated with the acquisition.
Importantly, under the legislation, at least 60 per cent of the total number of landowners and owners of at least 60 per cent of the total area of the land covered by the proposed Development Plan must agree to the plan in order for it to proceed. Council is currently considering whether the paper subdivision legislation is the best option for enabling development of the Wyee Paper Subdivision.
More information on the draft regulation and guidelines for paper subdivisions is available on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.
Who is responsible for developing the land?
In new subdivisions, the developer builds the roads, drains, and provides electrical supply, water and sewer infrastructure prior to the sale of allotments. The cost of this infrastructure is reflected in the sale price of the land.
The Wyee West Paper Subdivision was created under old legislation that did not require this infrastructure to be provided by the developer. Any future development and infrastructure costs associated with the land will need to be met by landowners.
Council is currently exploring options to assist in the coordination of infrastructure provision for the paper subdivision.
In late 2014, the NSW Government announced a fully funded $26 million plan to connect Wyee to Hunter Water's sewerage system. When complete 400 existing properties and businesses will be provided with a connection to the sewer system. This will replace existing septic systems in Wyee, and is expected to result in benefits to the environment, a reliable sewer service to the community and cost savings to individual property owners.
If you are a property owner in Wyee, view our FAQs to find out more about how this project may affect you. More information on the Wyee Sewer is available from Hunter Water or by calling 1300 657 657.
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Page last updated: 16 July 2019