What is the Local Strategic Planning Statement?

This Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) is a document prepared by Council that provides a broad land use planning vision for the Inner West.

The LSPS outlines:

  • a vision for land use in the area to 2036
  • the special characteristics which contribute to local identity
  • how growth and change will be managed into the future
  • where further strategic planning investigation is required

The LSPS will act as a link between the NSW Government's Regional and District plans, and the finer-grained planning undertaken by Council at a local level to ensure consistency in strategic planning approaches.

Does every council have an LSPS?

Yes. The requirement was introduced by the NSW Government in March 2018 as part of changes in planning legislation (Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979), which recognise the importance of strategic planning and the need for alignment between state and local government plans to manage projected population growth.

All councils within Greater Sydney must prepare and exhibit a draft LSPS for their area by 1 October 2019 and the LSPS must be finalised by 31 March 2020.

How does the LSPS work?

The LSPS helps deliver Council’s priorities in the Community Strategic Plan and the Greater Sydney Commission’s directions and actions for the Inner West in its document A Metropolis of Three Cities - Greater Sydney Region Plan and  the Eastern City District Plan

The LSPS will facilitate Council’s planning processes to respect and enhance the Inner West’s rich social, cultural, environmental and economic values. It will also assist with aligning infrastructure planning with growth. It will inform the content and provide reasoning for any future changes to Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP).


What part of Inner West does the LSPS affect?

The LSPS covers the entire Inner West Local Government Area. Our community includes distinct neighbourhoods and centres. Our close proximity to the Sydney Central Business District, Sydney Airport and Port Botany continue to influence land use planning within the Inner West.

How does the LSPS affect me?

The LSPS will guide how and where Council manages future growth and development across the Inner West. Have your say on how this change will be managed during the Public Exhibition period.

What is the difference between Council’s Community Strategic Plan and the LSPS?

All councils in NSW are required to prepare a Community Strategic Plan to provide the broad direction for all aspects of a council’s operation. Our Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is called Our Inner West 2036. The CSP is structured under five strategic directions:

  • Strategic Direction 1: An ecologically sustainable Inner West
  • Strategic Direction 2: Unique, liveable, networked neighbourhoods
  • Strategic Direction 3: Creative communities and a strong economy
  • Strategic Direction 4: Caring, happy, healthy communities
  • Strategic Direction 5: Progressive local leadership

The LSPS has adopted and aligned these strategic directions to the Regional and Eastern City District Plan’s themes, and explores how these strategic directions can guide land use, and matters related to land use, in the Inner West over the next 20 years.


What change is projected for Greater Sydney and the Inner West over the next 20 years?

By 2036 the population of Greater Sydney is anticipated to increase to 6.4 million people (from 4.7 million currently). The population of the Inner West is projected to grow by around 20% to around 230,667 people by 2036. This equates to a need for approximately 20,000 new dwellings by 2036.

Council is leading a positive shift toward sustainable land use, resilience to impacts of climate change and strategic planning for infrastructure and services to meet the needs of our community.

Working with community and stakeholders to manage growth and change will help preserve the character, culture and values that are so important to the identity of the Inner West.

What is the difference between the LSPS, Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan?

The LSPS will shape the development controls in the LEP and DCP.

A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is a legal document that guides planning decisions through controls and standards. It determines what can be built, where it can be built, and what activities can occur on land.

A Development Control Plan (DCP) supplements the statutory development standards of an LEP. A DCP contains detailed planning and design guidelines for new development when preparing a Development Application.  A DCP may also address specific issues including but not limited to heritage, streetscape, sustainability, waste management, car parking and stormwater and flooding controls.

How does the LSPS help deliver new infrastructure?

The LSPS will help Council,  government agencies, private companies and other institutions to co-ordinate transport, schools, hospitals and open space infrastructure plans.  The LSPS helps manage change and population growth by ensuring infrastructure is planned where and when it is needed most. 

For transparency and clarity the LSPS identifies particular actions as being dependent on the commitment to infrastructure relevant authorities (for example the State Government). 

How often will the LSPS be updated?

In accordance with Section 3.9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 the LSPS is required to be updated at least every seven years. To ensure that we are responsive, prepared and proactive to future urban and environmental challenges, amendments may be made to the LSPS more frequently.


When does the submission period close?

Submissions close on Sunday, 27 October 2019.

What happens after the exhibition period closes?

After the exhibition period closes, Council will consider the submissions and make any amendments to the LSPS as required.  The LSPS will then be considered at a meeting of Council for submission to the State Government for support.

The Department of Planning Industry and Environment and the Greater Sydney Commission will review the LSPS to ensure that matters raised during exhibition have been addressed and that the LSPS, as amended, is consistent with the Regional Plan and the Eastern City District Plan.

The LSPS is required to be finalised and in place by 31 March 2020.


Do I have to disclose reportable gifts and donations when making a submission in this public exhibition?

Yes, you must submit a completed Political Donations and Gifts Disclosure Statement if you have made any reportable political donations or gifts. The form should be filled out and attached to your submission. For more information visit the Political Donations page on Council’s website.