Character is what makes a neighbourhood distinctive and is the identity of the place. It encompasses the way a place looks and feels. It is created by a combination of land, people, built environment, history, culture and tradition, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, and it looks at how they interact to create an area's distinctive character.
The NSW Government is committed to ensuring strategic planning recognises and enhances the local character of an area, and that communities share what they value about their area to inform planning and decision making.
Key strategies to ensure that the places we plan today, become the much-loved places of the future include:
The department has developed a local character overlay and draft local character clause that will allow councils to insert a reference to local character in their LEP via a Local Character Statement and map.
To find out more, visit our Local character overlay webpage.
The department prepared an interim Guideline to provide guidance with integrating local character into the planning system.
The Collection is a combination of thought pieces from local character practitioners, learnings and case studies about local character and place.
The department hosted thought leadership events on local character throughout 2018.
The circular describes what local character is and provide tools to incorporate local character into strategic planning.