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Amending the SEPP in line with the latest advice

Penrith Lakes is governed by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Penrith Lakes Scheme) 1989, commonly known as the Penrith Lakes SEPP. The SEPP includes a Land Zoning Map that shows what is currently permissible at the site.


We heard from landowners at Penrith Lakes that dual occupancy is important so we reassessed flood evacuation requirements for the area.


New advice from Infrastructure NSW showed that dual occupancy residential development would not have an impact on flood evacuation if it was located above the probable maximum flood (PMF) level.


The Department acted on this new flood information by amending the Penrith Lakes State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) to balance the needs of landowners with flood evacuation requirements in the area.


Changes to the Penrith Lakes SEPP in 2019

Dual occupancy is now allowed on sites above the PMF level at Penrith Lakes.


The number of dwellings on the Penrith Lakes site has increased from 30 to 38.


Flood evacuation considerations will still be a critical consideration for development at Penrith Lakes, but the requirement for SES endorsement of evacuation plans has been removed. 


The amendments are consistent with State Government policies that ensure a resilient Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.


Scenic view of Penrith Lakes.


Exhibition of consultation paper in 2018

A Consultation Paper outlining proposed changes to Penrith Lakes SEPP was on public exhibition in 2018.


The resources below are available for download:


For more information

You can call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language and you prefer an interpreter, please call 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language, then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.


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Page last updated: 22/11/2019