Rezoning – Planning Proposal

Are you wanting to Rezone your land?

Rezoning of land is a way of upzoning a site or area to allow for an intensification of development. One of the most common rezoning enquiries we receive is rezoning land from Rural (RU1 or RU2) to Residential Land (R1, R2, R3 or R4). The intention of this rezoning is to subdivide the rural land into small residential lots and sold off with large profits.

The other common form of rezoning is changing the residential zone from R2 to a higher density residential zone such as R3 or R4. This rezoning will allow higher density developments such as multi dwelling housing or Residential flat buildings to be erected on site.

No matter what type of rezoning you are interested in the process remains the same and there needs to be a strong argument put forward via the Planning Proposal.

What is a Planning Proposal

A Planning Proposal is the document that is prepared to make an amendment to the Local Environmental Plan for a Local Council. Often the main purpose of preparing a Planning Proposal is to rezone an area or to allow additional land uses for a site.

What is the process

The preparation of a planning proposal is the first step in making an amendment to the existing LEP also known as a “rezoning”. A planning proposal is a document that explains the intended effect of, and justification for, the proposed amendment. Council must prepare and submit a planning proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment for consideration of an amendment to the LEP. 

The first step in the process involves Outlook Planning and Development booking a formal meeting with the Strategic Planning department of the Council to get the required information and reports to lodge the application. The planning report will need to address specific requirements depending on the site and surrounding locality. 

Once the draft planning proposal documents are prepared the application is submitted to Council for review. The draft planning proposal is assessed by Council officers before being sent to the Full Council meeting for determination. The Council then make the decision whether to endorse the planning proposal. 

If the proposal gets endorsed it will then proceed to the Gateway Determination Process. During this stage the Planning Proposal is put on public exhibition and other agencies are asked to comment. At the end of this stage the Council then submits the Planning Proposal to the Department of Planning for review and determination.

Our Services in the process 

Outlook Planning and Development has a streamlined process for drafting planning proposals. Most town planning firms charge over the top fees for Planning Proposals however we have the process down to a fine art and keep our fees realistic to help promote development. We work closely with Council at every step of the process to ensure that we can respond and adapt the report to fit Councils requirements. We will also be transparent at every step of the process so that you know exactly what is happening with the application at every step of the way. 

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