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In NSW there is a hierarchy of legislation which governs the development process.  There are numerous local, state and federal government requirements and industry standards that are required to be satisfied before building or development can commence.

When considering development work it is important to determine which category of development is applicable.  Development rules are hierarchical with Acts and Regulations sitting at the top and providing legality to other rules.

Directly underneath are State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) which guide development and building across NSW.  Council develops Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) which are legislation made by the Minister of Planning.

To support legislation and provide guidance at a local level Council, through a legal process, makes Contribution Plans, Development Control Plans (DCPs), policies and other documents.

Local Environmental Plans

Current Local Environmental Plans within the Hilltops

The Hilltops Council Area there are three Local Environmental Plans in force:

  • Young Local Environmental Plan 2010
  • Boorowa Local Environmental Plan 2012
  • Harden Environmental Plan 2011

All of the Local Environmental Plans can be found on the NSW Legislation website through the links below.

Young Local Environmental Plan 2010

The plan applies to the former Young Shire Council Area and is made up of a written instrument and maps.

Young Local Environmental Plan 2010 came into effect on 2 August 2010.

To view the LEP written instrument click here: Written Instrument

To view the LEP Maps click here: Mapping

Boorowa Local Environmental Plan 2012

The plan applies to the former Boorowa Shire Council Area and is made up of a written instrument and maps.

Boorowa Local Environmental Plan 2012 came into effect on 15 June 2012.

To view the LEP written instrument click here: Written Instrument

To view the LEP Maps click here: Mapping

Harden Local Environmental Plan 2011

Harden Local Environmental Plan 2011 came into effect on 18 February 2011.
The plan applies to the former Harden Shire Council Area and is made up of a written instrument and maps.
To view the LEP written instrument click here: Written Instrument

To view the LEP Maps click here: Mapping

Additionally, mapping of the LEP’s planning controls for your property can be viewed via the NSW Planning Portal.

 

Draft Hilltops Local Environmental Plan

Hilltops Council has prepared the Draft Hilltops Local Environmental Plan (LEP) providing one consistent LEP covering the entire Hilltops Local Government Area.

The Hilltops LEP, upon completion and endorsement by Council and the State, will replace the Young LEP 2010, Boorowa LEP 2012 and Harden LEP 2011 and be a major contributor to assessing future land use development proposals across Hilltops.

The draft Hilltops Local Environmental Plan was publicly exhibited from 15 March 2021 to 26 April 2021.

To view the draft Hilltops LEP written instrument click here: Written Instrument

To view the draft Hilltops LEP click here: Mapping 

The Post Exhibition Hilltops LEP was endorsed by Hilltops Council at the following Council Meetings on 26 August 2021, 1 September 2021 and 8 September 2021.

The Post Exhibition Hilltops LEP is under assessment by the Department of Planning Industry and Environment.

The assessed Post Exhibition Hilltops LEP will then be sent to NSW Parliamentary Counsel to be legally drafted.

After legal drafting, the Final Hilltops LEP written instrument and maps will be sent to the Minister for Planning and Public Space to be made into legislation.

All of the Planning Proposal Documentation and updates on the progression of the Draft Hilltops LEP can be found on the NSW Governments Planning Portal Here 

 

Development Control Plans

Development Control Plans further the objectives of the Local Environmental Plan by providing detailed land use requirements and guidelines and spell out where different types of development may be permitted.

The Local Environmental Plan (LEP) does not normally provide detailed guidance with regard to specific development design and location. Generally the purpose of a Development Control Plan is to indicate to anyone who seeks to develop what level of detail is required with certain types of applications and what standards are sought with the design of certain developments.

Development Control Plan’s contain more detailed controls with regards to specific development types and locations. They provide additional guidance and controls about different types of development and land uses. A Development Control Plan is prepared and adopted by Council.

There are two Development Control Plans; one for former Boorowa Council area and the other for the former Young Council area.

 

Young Development Control Plan 2011

The Young DCP 2011 was adopted by the former Young Shire Council on 26 August 2012. The plan came into effect on 8 October 2012.

The Young DCP applies to the former Young Shire council area and sits under the Young Local Environmental Plan 2010

The Young DCP 2012 was exhibited in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

Boorowa Development Control Plan 2013

The Boorowa DCP 2011 was adopted by the former Boorowa Shire Council on 25 November 2013. The plan came into effect on 9 December 2013.

The Boorowa DCP applies to the former Boorowa Shire Council area and sits under the Boorowa Local Environmental Plan 2012

Harden Development Control Plan

There is currently no Development Control Plan in force for the former Harden Shire council area.

 

Development Control Plans

Young Development Control Plan 2011

PDF – Click to download

Boorowa Development Control Plan 2013

PDF – Click to download

Engineering Guidelines and Plans

The following guidelines are provided to assist with meeting our engineering requirements and Australian Standards for developments and subdivisions.

Subdivisions and Development Standards

Contributions Plans

Contribution Plans are developed by Council under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to help cover the costs of local infrastructure (open space, traffic management etc) needed to support new homes and businesses.

Section 94 or Section 94A Plans but are now referred to as Section 7.11 Developer Contributions under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

Council also levies contributions in relation to Water and Sewer works and facilities under the Local Government Act 1993.

In addition, there are contributions plans for each of the former areas as well as development servicing plans.

Section 94 Plans

Harden

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Young

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Section 94a Plans

Boorowa

PDF – Click to download

Harden

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Young

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Section 64 Plans

Boorowa Sewer

PDF – Click to download

Boorowa Water

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Heritage 

The Hilltops Council Area contains many diverse places of built, natural and cultural heritage. Our parts of our heritage stems from significance in the history of the Australian mining and the Australian migration story dating back to the 1850’s and 1860’s as well as significant railway, pastoral and agricultural infrastructure.

Each Local Environmental Plan has the standard Clause 5.10 Heritage Conservation to conserve environmental heritage, the heritage significance of heritage items and heritage conservation areas, archaeological sites and Aboriginal objects and Aboriginal places of heritage significance.

Local Heritage listings

Each LEP lists various places of built, natural and cultural significance under Schedule 5 Environmental Heritage as follows:

State Heritage Listing

5 buildings and places in the region have State heritage significance and are listed on the NSW State Heritage Register, 2 under the Young LEP and 3 under the Harden LEP. 
(link to State Heritage Register http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/heritagesearch.aspx )

Heritage Studies

Young Community Based Heritage Study

PDF – Click to download

Thematic History of Young

PDF – Click to download

Young Main Street Heritage Study

PDF – Click to download

Young Heritage Strategy

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Young Aboriginal Heritage Study

PDF – Click to download

For copies of other documents relating to the former LGAs, please contact Council.

Council will be reviewing its local environmental plans, development control, contributions and development servicing plans in the near future.