City planning

Shaping the future of the City

Planning controls provide strategies to ensure that environmental, social and economic issues are addressed while the city develops and grows. Planning in New South Wales, the Hunter Region and Lake Macquarie is interconnected.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) and Council share the responsibilities of creating plans affecting the development that occurs in the City.

State planning framework

The DP&E is reponsible for the following:

  1. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) - It sets out major development concepts and principles, including Part 4, which deals with development applications.
  2. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A regulation) - It contains all the regulations for the development concept and principles found in the EP&A Act.
  3. State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) - These can set out when development consent is required and often nominates the consent authority for specific types of development. They provide a state wide framework for allowing or prohibiting certain types of development considering infrastructure and coastal protection. The SEPPs can overide Council's planning guidelines.
  4. Hunter Regional Plan - It establishes that land is available and appropriately located to accommodate the housing and employment targets for the region's population to the year 2036.

Local planning controls

Lake Macquarie City Council is responsible for setting the long term vision for land use planning in the City in collaboration with the community. This vision is outlined within the Lifestyle 2030 strategy.

The Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan (LMLEP) 2014 establishes zones of land, such as rural, residential or industry. 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.

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

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Subscribe to the Planning Notifications newsletter to keep updated with changes to the major planning instruments used in Lake Macquarie, including the Lake Macquarie Local Environment Plans (LEP) 2014, Development Control Plans (DCP) 2014 and Lifestyle 2030.

Strategic planning

Our plans to manage growth in the City

Local Environmental Plans

See the permissions that apply to development in Lake Macquarie

Development Control Plans

Learn about the controls for the full range of development issues

Land rezoning

Understand the process of redefining use of land for development

Planning for Catherine Hill Bay South

Planning controls and guidance for development applications

Planning for sea level rise

Learn about the local adaptation plans to address sea level rise

Streetscape master plans

Our plans to promote high-quality public domains across the City

Page last updated: 18 January 2018