A Planning Proposal is a document that seeks to amend the planning controls within Council's Local Environmental Plan (LEP), which aims to manage urban growth and the impact of new development.
The LEP includes controls relating to matters such as land use restrictions (zoning), heritage, height and other land use and development controls.
The preparation of a Planning Proposal is the first step in the process of amending an LEP.
Council is ultimately responsible for Planning Proposals and must be satisfied with their content. All Planning Proposals must be prepared in accordance with the NSW Govt Dept of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE): Planning Proposals - a guide to Preparing Planning Proposals.
If Council is of the opinion that the proposed amendment to the LEP can be supported, the proposal will be forwarded to the DPIE for the next step in the process, being a Gateway Determination. Should Gateway Determination be issued by the DPIE, Planning Proposals are then publicly exhibited to seek community and stakeholder input.
Planning Proposals video
This 2020 video below explains what a Planning Proposal is, with further information in the Q&A summary (128KB).