In 2018 we blogged about the need for Councils to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) providing a blueprint for land use in the local area over the next two decades, including how the special character of an the area will be preserved and how change will be managed in the future.
The statements are designed as a tool for local strategic planning and will inform statutory plans and development controls.
Greater Sydney councils are required to have their LSPSs completed by 31 March 2020, including a Letter of Assurance from the Greater Sydney Commission to state the plans are in line with the relevant District Plan. Regional councils have until 1 July 2020.
To date, only four final plans have been submitted to the government: those from Bourke Shire Council, Coolamon Shire Council, Edward River Council and Walcha Council.
Council should allow plenty of time to identify their priorities, prepare their drafts and adequately consult with their communities. Try to engage with all sectors and age groups within a community; including the elderly and the young.
Refer to the DPIE LSPS Guidelines to make sure your plan meets the recommended criteria and inclusions.