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The Department has prepared a Discussion Paper – Local Character Overlays which explores a proposed approach for introducing local character overlays into the Standard Instrument Local Environmental Plan.

Local character overlays were first identified as a mechanism for embedding local character into the planning framework in the January 2018 Planning Circular PS 18–00 respecting and enhancing local character in the planning system.


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The Department welcomes feedback on the Discussion Paper until 20 May 2019.

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More information

  • Phone the Department's information Centre on 1300 305 695, or
  • if English is not your first language, call 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language and ask to be connected to the Information Centre on 1300 305 695

Page last updated: 08/10/2020