Local Environment Plans (LEPs) start with a planning proposal for a development. In most cases this is done by your local council. Proposals are then assessed by us. This is called the ‘Gateway’ process.
ResourcesThe five steps in the process are:
In the interests of fairness and accountability, two review mechanisms were introduced in October 2012 for the gateway process. These reviews provide fairness and accountability to the process by allowing an independent body to review some decisions by councils and the department.
Pre-Gateway reviews: may be requested by a proponent if a council has not supported, or made a decision within 90 days, on a planning proposal. These reviews are informed by advice from joint regional planning panels (or the Planning Assessment Commission in the City of Sydney council area).
Gateway reviews: may be requested by a council or proponent following a gateway determination by the Department before community consultation on the proposal has commenced.
Page last updated: 01/07/2016