Blue Mountains City Council forwarded its finalised Draft Blue Mountains Standard Instruemnt Local Enviroinmental Plan 2013 in late September to the Department of Planning. The newly elected Blue Mountains Mayor noted in this week's Blue Mountains Gazette that,
'… our draft LEP reflects the special values of our City within a World Heritage Area… we look forward to the immeneant approval by the NSW government to proceed to exhibition of the draft LEP for public comment'.
We are expecting this draft LEP to be available for public comment / exhibition at the end of the month. Please contact us to book our services in as we are expecting a lot of enquirey on the draft LEP.
We are staying in touch with the Blue Mountains new planning laws. Blue Mountains City Council is in the final stages of reviewing its City Wide Planning instruments (i.e. LEP 1991 and LEP 2005) to bring them under the State Government’s requirement of a Standardised Instrument LEP (SILEP).
From our work in other local government areas, the SILEPs are becoming “less standard” as they progress. Given the BMCC’s strong stand against the SILEP process and Minister’s advice to Council and from the recent (April and June 2013) reports, the Blue Mountains SILEP will be “even much less standard”.
While the general principle of the SILEP process is to not make substantial land use allowance or policy decisions, it seems to us that the Blue Mountains process could well have real implications for landowners.
The current program is for BMCC to go public with their draft plan around the end of October 2013.
So that we can program our work and staff in advance, we’d appreciate if you could let us know now whether you think that you may want us to advise you when the new SILEP “hits the deck”. Council is not talking about a long public exhibition period and our people will need to move quickly if we are to best look after your interest and have an influence on the process.
Blue Mountains City Council is currently putting together their draft LEP. As one of the few remaining councils in the state to update their LEP, this LEP is due for exhibition at a likely month of October or November 2013.
There will be a narrow window of opportunity for property owners to review the planning changes and make a submission on the draft LEP. As such we are now taking expressions of interest from people who would like us to be by their side when the time arises.
As town planners based in the Blue Mountains (www.councilapproval.com.au) we are expecting a large number of people to need assistance in:
- understanding what the new rules mean for their property, and
- identify any new opportunities arising out of the Blue Mountains Draft LEP.
Anyone seeking clarity can contact us directly on 02 4784 3235.