NSW Department of Planning and Environment


Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan

The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (CPCP) was finalised with NSW approvals in place in August 2022. Commonwealth approvals are pending and more information about this is available on the legal disclaimer section of this page.

What the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan means for your land

Responding to landholder feedback

We have revised the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan’s (CPCP) mapping to address feedback received from landholders and other stakeholders during public exhibition. We have also updated the CPCP’s mapping by increasing the width of koala corridors, so the CPCP is consistent with advice from the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer. 

For more information, on land categories and about how we have responded to landholder feedback read the What we heard report (PDF, 6.3 MB)

You can view the CPCP updated mapping using our spatial viewer below.


Talk to a planner

If you are a landholder, you can contact a planner at CPCP@planning.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9585 6060  between 9:30am - 4:30pm weekdays.

For translating and interpreting services: Please telephone 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language to connect you to 02 9585 6060. When connected please ask to speak to the Cumberland Plain Conservation team.

Landowner counselling service

A free, confidential telephone counselling service is available to all CPCP landowners. AccessEAP is an Australian owned and not-for-profit organisation that will provide landowners with general counselling, financial, and other specialist services over the phone.
If you would like to access this service, please call 1800 818 728 and advise the operator you are looking for counselling offered for the CPCP landowners.

Existing zoning maintained

When we released the draft Plan in 2020, we proposed to rezone avoided land as Environmental Conservation (E2) land – now known as C2 Conservation Zone. During public exhibition, many landholders and stakeholders expressed concerns about this zoning.

In response to this feedback, the CPCP has not applied C2 zoning and existing zoning has been maintained for avoided land.

The CPCP will instead use planning controls on avoided land to provide flexibility around uses, while still protecting important biodiversity. To find out more about the planning controls for avoided land, visit the planning controls page.

Spatial viewer

The department has developed a spatial viewer to help landholders and other stakeholders to view the final CPCP mapping.

Through the viewer, landholders can easily view the final CPCP mapping for their property by using the viewer’s search function (to find property or lot number) and view relevant information at property scale. 

Access the spatial viewer

How to use the viewer

Watch the tutorial video below to help you use the viewer.

You can also read the spatial viewer glossary (PDF, 87 KB) before accessing the viewer.


Modification of the CPCP 

The CPCP includes an action for the department to prepare a formal modification to adjust the certified - urban capable land in relation to minor matters.

The CPCP is a 35-year strategic conservation plan that provides long-term investment certainty by taking a landscape-scale approach to assessing and protecting biodiversity upfront in planning for development. This approach provides access to a wider range of actions to offset impacts on biodiversity compared to standard site-by-site assessment and helps ensure these actions are coordinated within the context of the region’s ecosystem function needs. 

Any modification will need to ensure there are no unintended cumulative impacts on biodiversity and that a modification does not undermine the legitimacy of the CPCPs existing development approvals.

Landholders wishing to be considered as part of a modification application will be required to demonstrate how the proposal meets the CPCP’s avoidance criteria, that all options to avoid impacts have been considered and that the proposal has no or minimal biodiversity impact. 

The department will compile and assess requested changes to the CPCPs mapping and then seek a single modification within the CPCPs first 12 months of operation. Requests for modification will incur costs associated with processing applications and for any additional offsetting required.

If you are interested in discussing being part of a modification and your proposal aligns with this approach, please submit your contact details to CPCP@planning.nsw.gov.au and you will be contacted to discuss eligibility and next steps.

Legal disclaimer

The NSW Environment and Heritage Minister approved the CPCP which provides biodiversity certification under Part 8 of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act). This approval removes the need for landholders to seek their own biodiversity approvals under the BC Act for development on certified - urban capable land as long as they comply with planning controls under the CPCP, as set out in the Strategic Conservation Chapter of the SEPP (Biodiversity and Conservation) 2021.

The department is currently pursuing Commonwealth approval for the CPCP under Part 10 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Landholders can submit development applications, seek subdivision or start master planning. However, development that will have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance (MNES) on certified - urban capable land cannot commence until the Commonwealth CPCP approval is in place. If MNES will not be significantly impacted, then the development may proceed subject to other relevant environmental and planning approvals being obtained. If you are unsure whether to submit a referral under the EPBC Act, please contact the Department of Climate Change, Energy and Environment and Water for advice.

Page last updated: 14/09/2022