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.
The five steps in the process are:
We have improved the Pre-Gateway Review process that will be clearer and easier to understand.
An applicant such as a developer or landowner may ask for a Rezoning Review if:
A Rezoning Review will be carried out independently by:
Submission of Rezoning Review request - $20,000 (assessment and referral to Panel/Commission).
Where a Planning Panel or the Secretary is appointed as the relevant planning authority - $25,000
The Minister and Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission have signed delegations so that a Planning Panel has the power to direct itself to be the relevant planning authority if it has carried out a rezoning review of the planning proposal request and the council does not wish to take on that role.
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.
Rezoning reviews: may be requested by a proponent if a council has not supported, or made a decision within 90 days, on a planning proposal, or has not submitted a planning proposal for a Gateway determination within a reasonable time after indicating its support. These reviews are carried out by Planning Panels or the Planning Assessment Commission for the City of Sydney.
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: 19/07/2017