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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.

 

Draft amendment to the Penrith Lakes SEPP

The amendment to the Penrith Lakes SEPP in January 2017 created a new Employment zone enabling industrial and business uses at Penrith Lakes.

 

The Department has undertaken a strategic assessment which supports the rezoning request from a landowner at Penrith Lakes to extend the boundary of Employment zone.

 

We have identified other areas of land to be changed to an Environment zone, reflecting its proposed long-term use.

 

We are refining provisions relating to arrangements to contributions, geotechnical assessment and the consideration of a plan of management, as well as undertaking some minor amendments to respond to statutory changes in other planning instruments and legislation.

 

Proposed changes

The proposed rezoning will create additional employment opportunities in Western Sydney, remove planning ambiguity on unzoned land and protect land with environmental value.

 

Other proposed changes relating to contributions, geotechnical assessment and the consideration of a plan of management will remove ambiguity, strengthen and streamline the development assessment process, facilitate reasonable development and the timely delivery of the Penrith Lakes Scheme.

 

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

 

Consultation and feedback

The intended effects of the proposed changes are outlined in the consultation paper which was on public exhibition from 27 April 2020 until 11 May 2020.

 

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback, the Department will now review all submissions received.

 

All documents related to the proposed changes are also available on our Planning Portal.

 

What has happened so far?

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

 

A Consultation Paper outlining the proposed changes to Penrith Lakes SEPP was on public exhibition in January/February 2019.

 

All resources relating to the 2019 exhibition can be viewed on the Planning Portal.

 

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.

 

You can also subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates from the Department.

Page last updated: 11/05/2020