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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 permissible at the site.


Recent amendment to the Penrith Lakes SEPP

The department undertook a strategic assessment in 2020 to extend the boundary of the Employment zone. As part of the assessment, we also considered rezoning other land, including a planned constructed wetland, to Environment zone to reflect the proposed long-term use of the area.


A Consultation Paper outlining the proposed changes was on public exhibition between April and May 2020, 58 responses were received, and after considering feedback, the amendment was made on 10 July 2020.


The Penrith Lakes SEPP has been amended to:

  • extend the existing Employment zone boundary by 13 hectares and rezone another 12 hectares to Environment zone
  • refine the requirements for contributions, geotechnical assessments and plans of management.


The rezoning will create additional employment opportunities in Western Sydney, remove planning ambiguity on some unzoned land and protect land with environmental value. The changes relating to contributions, geotechnical assessment and the consideration of plans of management will strengthen and streamline the development assessment process, facilitate reasonable development and the timely delivery of the Penrith Lakes Scheme.


You can find more information and all documents related to this amendment on our Planning Portal.


Other amendments to the Penrith Lakes SEPP

We heard from landowners at Penrith Lakes that dual occupancy is important, so we reassessed flood evacuation requirements for the area in 2019.


Acting on new flood information the department allowed dual occupancy on sites above the probable maximum flood level, balancing the needs of landowners with flood evacuation requirements in the area. The changes are consistent with State Government policies to ensure a resilient Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.


All resources relating to the 2019 amendments 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.


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Page last updated: 30/04/2021