The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has finalised Council’s Planning Proposal on the rezoning of the former 7(d) lands at Helensburgh, Otford and Stanwell Tops.
The Department has approved Council’s recommendations for 22 of the precincts in the area following the 29 July 2013 meeting which recommended rezoning of lands in this area. The 2013 recommendations were the culmination of a six-year review of the planning controls which included three exhibition phases. The final Planning Proposal proposed changing the zoning from the E3 Environmental Management and previously zoned 7(d) Hacking River – Environmental Protection to a variety of environmental, recreation, industrial and residential zones to better reflect land capability, sensitive bushland, existing development and economic opportunities.
In the Department’s determination of the Wollongong LEP (2009) there have been three variations:
- Central Otford, Otford North and Lady Carrington Estate South precincts have been excluded from the plan as recommended by the Joint Regional Planning Panel and will retain the current E3 Environmental Management zone. The Lady Carrington Estate South precinct was the subject of a separate pre-Gateway appeal, which was supported by the JRPP and Department. Currently the proponent is preparing studies to support the proposed rezoning to permit urban development.
- The Land Pooling precinct has also been excluded from the plan and will also retain the current E3 Environmental Management zone.
- A savings provision is included to ensure that development applications lodged, but not yet determined before the amendment has effect, will continue to be assessed under the controls in place when the applications were lodged.
Council will discuss with the Department any future work required regarding the deferred areas.