New Planning Rules for the Blue Mountains

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.