What is Strategic Land Use Planning?
Strategic planning aims to maintain the natural values and character of the Hilltops Council area, while creating a place of opportunity and investment for business and those who live in and visit the area.
Hilltops Council’s strategic planning team prepare the documents that implement the land use planning vision for the Council Area. The Local Strategic Planning Statement, Local Environmental Plans and Development Control Plans are some of these main documents and they guide land use planning and development at a local government level.
Council’s Strategic Planning team undertake a range of projects relating to the management of land release, strategic planning, redevelopment of established areas, rezonings and the formulation of Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans and Development Contributions Plans.
All plans must be publicly exhibited following their preparation and before adoption by Council.
The team is also responsible for assisting Council in the preparation and review of strategic land use related actions that have been identified in Council’s Community Strategic Plan and the Hilltops Economic Action Plan.
Strategic Land Use Planning review for Hilltops
Hilltops Council completed a review of its strategic land use planning in 2020, which culminated in the release of Hilltops 2040 – the Local Strategic Planning Statement for Hilltops.
The Hilltops Council has now commenced reviewing its planning controls and guidelines to ensure they align with the latest State, Regional and Local strategies and regulations, including Hilltops 2040. This includes the development of a:
- Hilltops Local Environmental Plan (LEP),
- Hilltops Development Control Plan (DCP)
- updating all relevant Infrastructure Charges Plans.
Each of these documents will be made available for public consultation before their completion.
Council will also review and update:
- Development Conditions
- Website content
- Additional information and guidance material for the public and potential developers on planning and development within Hilltops.
Hilltops 2040 – Hilltops Local Strategic Planning Statement
Hilltops 2040 – Hilltops Local Strategic Planning Statement is the endorsed strategic land use plan for the Hilltops area. It was developed in accordance with the directions of the State to establish a Local Strategic Planning Statement to inform future planning decisions in the short, medium and long term.
All other local planning instruments are intended to further the objectives of Hilltops 2040. This includes the Draft Hilltops LEP and proposed review of Hilltops DCPs and Infrastructure Charges Plans.
Hilltops 2040 sets the position of Hilltops within the region and New South Wales and our needs and expectations from State and Commonwealth governments to see Hilltops communities successful, productive and continuing to be great places to live in well into the future. It also provides the strategic direction required to inform local land use and infrastructure planning and management, providing local outcomes that reflect and respond to the various landscapes and communities across the council area.
Hilltops 2040 was endorsed and adopted by Hilltops Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 24 June 2020.
To view the Hilltops 2040 – Hilltops Local Strategic Planning Statement click here: Hilltops 2040
For further information on the scope and roles of a Local Strategic Planning Statement please see NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment Website – Part 3 Strategic Planning.
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