Character is what makes a neighbourhood distinctive and is the identity of the place. It encompasses the way a place looks and feels. It is created by a combination of land, people, built environment, history, culture and tradition, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, and it looks at how they interact to create an area's distinctive character.
The NSW Government is committed to ensuring strategic planning recognises and enhances the local character of an area, and that communities share what they value about their area to inform planning and decision making.
Key strategies to ensure that the places we plan today, become the much–loved places of the future include:
The Department has developed tools to help recognise, enhance and celebrate local character.
The Department has prepared a Discussion Paper to seek feedback on potentially introducing an optional local character overlay with the standard instrument local environmental plan.Read more about the discussion paper
The Collection is a combination of thought pieces from local character practitioners, learnings and case studies about local character and place.Access the Local Character and Place Collection
The Circular describes what local character is and provide tools to incorporate local character into strategic planning.See more about the local character planning circular