Chapter E17: Preservation and Management of Trees and Vegetation of the Wollongong Development Control Plan 2009 sets out Council’s requirements for Development Applications that includes the removal of trees and other native vegetation that does not fall within the scope of the Tree Management Permit Policy or that does not meet the full requirements of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.
Development Applications are required to detail the location and type of existing trees in the vicinity of the proposed development both on the subject property and on adjacent properties that will be affected by the proposed development and will need to consider the following Council’s Residential Development objectives:
- To preserve and retain existing mature native vegetation and encourage the planting of additional significant vegetation.
- To encourage the linkage of habitat corridors along the rear of sites.
- To allow for increased water infiltration and minimise urban run-off.
- To facilitate pleasant views from within dwellings and backyard settings.
- To reduce privacy and amenity impacts at the rear of residential properties.
Refer to Chapter B1 Residential Development
As part of the assessment of a Development Application for buildings where existing trees or other native vegetation are on the site, Council will determine if the trees should be retained, can be removed, or if modifications need to be made to the layout of buildings and driveways.
This will be determined using criteria for evaluation of significant trees and vegetation. In these cases the Development Application must be supported by an arborist report that complies with Council’s requirements. Refer to Chapter E6: Landscaping of the Wollongong Development Control Plan 2009 for Council’s requirements for the inclusion of site analysis plans, arborist reports and/or other information in support of a Development Application.
Bushfire Prone Lands
Should the land be bushfire prone, please refer to Chapter E16: Bushfire Management
of the Wollongong Development Control Plan 2009 for Council’s requirements for the inclusion of information on planning for bushfire protection in support of a Development Application.
Applications for Complying Development under SEPP (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 Part 3 and Part 3A Division 1A Removal or pruning of trees – if the tree removal associated with development or to facilitate development cannot meet the requirements of the SEPP, then lodgement of a Development Application would be required. Refer to the SEPP for full details.
Where Council has issued a Development Consent for a structure or building, any tree with its base within three metres of that building or structure on the subject land may be removed without further application to Council, unless the tree has been conditioned in the consent to be retained. No other tree works can be undertaken on the subject property without the written consent of Council.
For more information on Council’s requirements for Development Applications contact the Duty Planner on (02) 4227 7111.