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Local environmental plans

Why is a Local Environmental Plan important?

Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) guide planning decisions and manage the way land is used within a local government area. LEPs are used to zone land for a range of uses such as for housing, commercial and industrial development, open space, rural development and other uses.

LEPs are the main planning tool to shape the future of communities and ensure local development is done appropriately and in an environmentally sensitive manner.

Development control plans provide more detailed guidance for local development permitted under the LEP.

What Local Environmental Plans apply in Eurobodalla Shire?

The following LEPs apply in Eurobodalla Shire:

Eurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012

This LEP applies to most land in Eurobodalla Shire and identifies where different types of development may be permitted:

Eurobodalla Rural Local Environmental Plan 1987

This LEP identifies where different types of development may be permitted in rural areas deferred from the 2012 LEP:

Check the zoning of your land

New South Wales Planning and Environment's Planning Portal allows you to access information about land use zones and map layers in Local Environmental Plans:   

Council's GIS mapping also provides some spatial information for community use:

Check what you can do/build on your land

Land use tables in the LEPs outline what development is permitted without consent, what uses need development consent and what is prohibited.

To help navigate the land use tables in the LEP 2012, you can use the land use matrix:

Exempt and complying development

Some uses or development may be exempt from needing development consent, and some may be able to be undertaken with a Complying Development Certificate (CDC).

Planning proposals

What is a planning proposal?

A planning proposal is a document that explains the detail and intended effect of a proposed LEP or a proposed amendment to an existing LEP. The planning proposal sets out the reasons for making that plan and the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of the proposal.

The preparation of a planning proposal is the first step in preparing or amending an LEP. Throughout the course of preparing the proposed LEP, the planning proposal itself may evolve. This is especially the case for complex proposals. Planning proposals are exhibited for community input before any final decisions are made on the plans.

More information about the planning proposal process can be found on the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment's website.

Implementation of Rural Lands Strategy and other matters

On 12 July 2016 Council endorsed a planning proposal to implement the recommendations of the Rural Lands Strategy and to make other amendments to the Eurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012:

We can help you

If you need more information, please phone our Development Helpdesk:

  • T: 02 4474 1231
  • E: Council's Development Helpdesk
  • visit our customer service centre at the corner of Vulcan Street and Campbell Street, Moruya, Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm.