On 16 January 2018, the department released Planning System Circular PS 18-001 respecting and enhancing local character in the planning system.
The Circular describes what local character is and recognises the important role it plays in planning for development that is contextual, and meets the growing needs of NSW.
Local councils and other relevant planning authorities, state agencies and communities can use the Circular for awareness of the tools available to them to incorporate consideration of local character into strategic planning and detailed planning for places.
Amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Plan 1979 include the introduction of local strategic planning statements. Consideration of local character will be a key part of the preparation of local strategic planning statements.
The Local Strategic Planning Statement will set out a council's 20–year vision for land–use in the local area, the special character and values that are to be preserved, and how change will be managed into the future.
The statements will need to align with the regional and district plans, and the council’s own priorities in the community strategic plan it prepares under local government legislation.
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