What is a Development Control Plan?

A Development Control Plan (DCP) contains detailed planning and design guidelines for new development, which need to be considered in preparing a Development Application. It comprises a written document together with supporting maps and diagrams.

A DCP supplements the statutory planning and development controls of Local Environmental Plans (LEP). It applies to different types of development such as dwelling houses, residential flat buildings, and also different locations such as business centres. A DCP may also address specific issues including but not limited to heritage, sustainability, waste management, car parking and stormwater and flooding controls.

DCPs are made by Council in consultation with the community. A DCP will support and supplement (but cannot override or replace) the provisions in an LEP. While DCPs do not have the same level of statutory weight as an LEP, they are an important consideration in the development assessment and approval process.

What is a Development Control Plan amendment?

A Development Control Plan amendment is a change to the specific Development Control Plan for a Local Government Area.

In this project a number of the changes (proposed amendments) are of a housekeeping nature – addressing errors and certain specific inconsistencies between the three DCPs.

What is a Local Environmental Plan?

Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) guide planning decisions for local government areas. They do this through zoning and development controls, which provide a framework for the way land can be used. LEPs are the main planning tool to shape the future of communities and also ensure local development is done appropriately.

The Local Environmental Plans that apply to the Inner West LGA are:

Ashfield Local Environmental Plan 2013

Leichhardt Local Environmental Plan 2013

Marrickville Local Environmental Plan