The latest on local strategic planning statements

by | Apr 10, 2019

You last heard from us about Local Strategic Planning Statements (LSPS) in November 2018.  Since that time the Department of Planning and Environment has released some further resources to inform and support each council as they work towards preparation of their LSPS. in this article, we walk you through those resources and share our thoughts on what you should be doing to be ready for this important change.

Example Local Strategic Planning Statement

A template style LSPS was released by the Department in February 2019, based upon a fictional regional council.  The example builds on the existing LSPS Guidelines for Councils and represents a possible response to the requirements of this new layer of strategic planning that was introduced via the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 last year. 

Councils may choose to base their LSPS on the example.  However, councils are free to develop an alternative structure to suit their individual circumstances and resources.  Our experience with councils in regional areas makes us aware of how different strategic planning looks and feels in each community

The example further clarifies that an LSPS must be a succinct and easy to understand document. This approach will enable community members to contribute to and understand the future direction of land use in their area. 

Councils may choose to develop their LSPS as a single approach for the whole council area. They may also choose to address matters on a theme or ward basis.

Local Strategic Planning Statements and Amalgamated Councils

As part of the LSPS changes, recently amalgamated councils have the option to address matters in their first LSPS, by ward.

This will be particularly relevant while newly formed councils are developing a new consolidated Local Environmental Plan for the amalgamated area.

Tick Tock

The clock is already ticking for regional councils to start the scoping stage of the LSPS – with the deadline for final adoption being 1 July 2020.

Although the Greater Sydney councils are required to have their draft LSPS on exhibition by 1 July 2019, regional Councils should be well progressed in their ‘scoping’ phase.  This includes moving forward with any work required to fill information gaps that may exist to meet the legislative requirements.  Once this is complete, councils will be better placed to move into the ‘testing’ phase.

Wrapping up

In summary, the LSPS is a great opportunity to clearly outline the strategic land use issues for your local area.  To ensure all stakeholders play a role in this pivotal document – that will ultimately inform Local Environmental Plans and development controls which in turn lead to ‘on the ground’ outcomes for your community – it is important to put sufficient up-front resources into this new strategic planning requirement.

If you would like to talk more about your Council’s LSPS and how we can help, please get in contact with Cinnamon or Steve:

Cinnamon Dunsford

Principal Planner

T     0401 447 603


Steve Thompson 

Director – Planning and Strategy

T     0419 700 401


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