The community is invited to comment on Council’s draft Local Environmental Plan (LEP) for the Burwood Council area, which is now on public exhibition.
Burwood Mayor John Faker said that while the draft Burwood LEP 2012 represents the biggest change to the rules governing planning and development in the municipality in over 30 years, Council remains committed to preserving the character and heritage of the area.
“The residential surrounds of Burwood have a distinct charm that we intend to protect,” Cr Faker said.
“We’re mindful of maintaining a high quality in the low density areas and, as such, these will remain largely unaffected.”
“Where the exciting opportunity for growth in our Council lies is in the medium density local centres of Croydon Park, Enfield and Strathfield, as well as the enterprise corridor along Parramatta Road.”
“Our LEP will manage development over the coming 15-20 years and provide certainty for both businesses and residents,” he said.
The Burwood LEP will align with the State Government’s strategic planning for Sydney and its standard framework for new LEPs. When completed, the Burwood LEP 2012 will replace the Burwood Planning Scheme Ordinance that first came into force in 1979. The 2010 Burwood Town Centre LEP will also be incorporated into the new LEP.
Council is encouraging residents and landowners to become involved in the consultation process. All of the new LEP documents will be available on Council’s website and available for people to inspect at the Council offices in Elsie Street and at the Burwood Library in Marmaduke Street, Burwood.
There will also be two open-house sessions for people to discuss the exhibition material with Council’s planners on the evenings of 28 February and 14 March 2012.
“We are also seeking comment on a draft new Contributions Plan for the Burwood Council area,” Cr Faker said.
“This will set new rules for large developments to make payments to Council to help improve infrastructure and services in line with growth. The new Contributions Plan proposes to levy a percentage of the costs of developments. Most small-scale constructions will be exempt from the levy.”
The public consultation period for the draft new LEP and Contributions Plan will close on Friday 30 March 2012.