Planning for Growth

There are a number of strategic planning documents that support the future development of Burwood Council.

Greater Sydney Commission

The Greater Sydney Commission is responsible for metropolitan planning in Sydney.

Sydney is split into five districts, each with their own district plan; Burwood is in the Eastern City District. View the City District Plan.

Local Strategic Planning Statement

Burwood Council's local strategic planning statement, or LSPS will be finalised by the end of March 2020. 

What is a LSPS?

Our LSPS is an important tool for local strategic planning. Over the next 20 years the LSPS will inform local statutory plans and development controls, and give effect to regional and district plans. The LSPS will also identify where further strategic planning effort may be needed and shape's how the local environmental plan (LEP) and development control plans (DCP) evolve over time. Council will be able to assess any planning proposals against the statement to decide whether or not to support them.

The LSPS will identify actions that respond to and build on the place and community’s strengths and potential.

What is a LEP?

The local environmental plan, or LEP will deliver the council and community’s plan and actions from the district and regional plans. This is supported by other tools such as contributions plans, place based planning strategies, growth management strategies and investment in infrastructure.

You can find more information on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environments website.

Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy

The Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy is the NSW Government’s 30-year plan to drive and inform land use planning and development decisions as well as long-term infrastructure delivery programs in the Parramatta Road Corridor.

The Strategy, released in 2016, aims to renew Parramatta Road and adjacent communities through investment in homes, jobs, transport, open space and public amenity.

There are eight renewal precincts along the Parramatta Road Corridor. Part of the Burwood-Concord Precinct and Kings Bay Precinct lie within Burwood. 

Canada Bay and Strathfield Councils, who also have land in the Parramatta Road Corridor, together with Burwood, have identified the need for additional urban design, traffic and transportation investigations. The three Councils consider this as essential work to ensure that all future decisions to rezone land are made with a thorough understanding of the potential cumulative impacts and will achieve orderly, transparent, and consistent development, and above all, the highest quality planning and design outcomes.

As of February 2020, the three Councils are working closely with the NSW Transport cluster to finalise the traffic modelling work which will inform the Traffic and Transport study. The Urban Design Study is currently on hold pending the findings of the traffic work.

You can find more information on the Landcoms website.

 

 

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 The LSPS can be viewed here

What is a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS)?

Our LSPS is an important tool for local strategic planning and guides land use planning. Over the next 20 years the LSPS will inform local statutory plans and development controls, and give effect to regional and district plans. The LSPS also identifies where further strategic planning effort may be needed and shape's how the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP) will evolve over time. Council assesses planning proposals against the statement to decide whether or not to support them.

The LSPS identifies actions that respond to and build on the place and community’s strengths and potential.

Background:

Council’s LSPS received a letter of support from the Greater Sydney Commission on 12 March 2020. It was subsequently published on the NSW Planning Portal on 18 March 2020 which completes the approval process. This follows a program of community engagement in August and September 2019 on the draft LSPS.

The draft LSPS was on public exhibition for a six-week period from 13 August to 16 September 2019 for review and comment.

All submissions and feedback were reviewed and analysed to inform the final version of the LSPS that was endorsed by Council at the Council meeting of 11 February 2020.

In the lead up to the preparation of the LSPS, Council commissioned seven technical studies to inform priorities and actions:

  • Traffic and Transport Study
  • Community Facilities and Open Space Strategy
  • Local Housing Strategy
  • Urban Design Strategy and Masterplan
  • Local Employment and Investment Strategy
  • Resilience Strategy
  • Smart Cities Strategy

These studies are in the process of being finalised and will be published on this website once complete.

While the LSPS will be the over-arching document presenting the desired land use future for the Burwood local government area, the Burwood Local Environmental Plan (LEP) sets out the specific zonings and local planning controls that will inform, guide and control development in the local government area.

The LEP will be updated during 2020 and early 2021 to implement the LSPS vision, priorities and actions. This will include further opportunities for feedback and community engagement in the lead up to and during the public exhibition. 

What is a LEP?

The local environmental plan, or LEP will deliver the council and community’s plan and actions from the district and regional plans. This is supported by other tools such as contributions plans, place based planning strategies, growth management strategies and investment in infrastructure.

See Burwood LEP.

You can find more information on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environments website.

 

The Burwood Development Control Plan (BDCP) details the various standards, policies and guidelines related to construction and development for the Burwood local government area (LGA). It applies to all the land located in the Burwood LGA in accordance with the Burwood Local Environment Plan Land 2012 Application Map and must be taken into account in determining development applications.

Read the BDCP.(PDF, 8MB)


The State Government has an integrated vision for strategic planning and infrastructure in NSW, you can find more information in these three planning documents:

 
Greater Sydney Commission 

 The Greater Sydney Commission is responsible for metropolitan planning in Sydney.

Sydney is split into five districts, each with their own district plan; Burwood is in the Eastern City District. View the Eastern City District Plan.

Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy

The Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy is the NSW Government’s 30-year plan to drive and inform land use planning and development decisions as well as long-term infrastructure delivery programs in the Parramatta Road Corridor.

There are eight renewal precincts along the Parramatta Road Corridor. Part of the Burwood-Concord Precinct and Kings Bay Precinct lie within Burwood.

Canada Bay and Strathfield Councils, who also have land in the Parramatta Road Corridor, together with Burwood, have identified the need for additional urban design, traffic and transportation investigations. The three Councils consider this as essential work to ensure that all future decisions to rezone land are made with a thorough understanding of the potential cumulative impacts and will achieve orderly, transparent, and consistent development, and above all, the highest quality planning and design outcomes.

In February 2020, Council endorsed its Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). The LSPS reiterates Council’s commitment to implementing the Parramatta Road Corridor Strategy and discusses some of the next steps.

As of July 2020, the three Councils are working closely with the NSW Transport cluster to finalise the traffic modelling work which will inform the Traffic and Transport study. The Urban Design Study is currently on hold pending the findings of the traffic work.

You can find more information on Landcoms website.

Sydney Metro West

Sydney Metro West is a proposed underground railway line which will connect Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD.

A station is proposed directly to the north of the Burwood Local Government Area to be called ‘Burwood North’. An entrance to this station will be on the corner of Burwood Road and Parramatta Road.

Burwood Council is working collaboratively with Sydney Metro and Transport for New South Wales in the planning and design of this railway line and station.

You can find more information on the Sydney Metro website.

Useful Websites

  • Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, which governs State and regional planning, legislation relating to pollution and the environment, and develops policies in relation to air quality, climate change and water. The website provides information on metropolitan strategies, State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) and initiatives to streamline the planning system.
  • Greater Sydney Commission is leading metropolitan planning in Sydney. Key projects are the Greater Sydney Region Plan: A Metropolis of Three Cities and the District Plans.
  • NSW Legislation provides access to all NSW legislation (acts, regulations and environmental planning instruments).
  • Environment, Energy and Science Group (DPIE), which includes the majority of the former Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Energy team from the former Energy, Water and Portfolio Strategy Division in Department of Planning and Environment, and the Resources Regulator. The Heritage functions of OEH have moved to the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
  • Heritage NSW (Department of Premier and Cabinet), which has responsibility for Aboriginal cultural heritage, State Heritage Register listings and approvals, archaeology and maritime heritage, grants delivery and activation.
  • Roads and Maritime Services (Transport for NSW), which is responsible for the maintenance and development of the roads and traffic systems of NSW, in conjunction with state and local government agencies.
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service, which administers legislation for National Parks, threatened species and Aboriginal sites.
  • Government Architect NSW, (GANSW) which provides strategic design leadership in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. Has important design documents such as Better Placed and Greener Places.
  • For all other Government-related enquiries at the State level, go to the State Government website

 

SEPPs relevant to the Burwood LGA can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

SEPP (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008
SEPP (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009
SEPP No. 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development
SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004
SEPP No. 64 – Advertising and Signage
SEPP (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) 2004
SEPP (Infrastructure) 2007
SEPP (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017

 

 

The Burwood Local Environmental Plan 2012 (BLEP) is the statutory land use planning legislation for the Burwood LGA.

If you wish to amend the BLEP, a planning proposal must be submitted to Council for consideration, followed by submission to State government for approval.

Burwood Local Environmental Plan 2012

A planning proposal is a legal planning process. If approved, it may amend the zoning, heights, floor space ratio, permissible land uses or other provisions of the BLEP.

Department of Planning, Industry and Environments website

How do I apply?

A planning proposal needs to include some very detailed information. To ensure your application is comprehensive Council strongly recommends you engage a qualified planning professional to prepare your proposal. Your planner can advise you about the specialist advice necessary to support the planning proposal.

Pre-Planning Proposal Meeting

Council is able to provide advice on the application in a pre-planning proposal meeting. There is a fee for this meeting.

Planning Proposal Application

Planning proposals must be prepared in accordance with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s a guide to preparing planning proposals.

How much does it cost?

The fee for a planning proposal application covers assessment, reporting, community notifications, State agency consultation, documentation for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, review of submissions and progression of the planning proposal to finalisation. Please refer to Council’s fees and charges for more information. 

Planning Portal with previously exhibited planning proposals

Department of Planning Industry and Environments LEP Tracking page