City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has welcomed NSW State Government approval of
the Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan 2014 (SLEP 2014) yesterday afternoon.
SLEP 2014 replaces Council’s current Shoalhaven LEP 1985 and incorporates a
number of strategic objectives established by the NSW State Government in the
Jervis Bay and Illawarra Regional Environmental Plans and the South Coast
2014 also creates a number of new investment opportunities identified in
Council’s Strategic Plans including new long term urban release areas in the
Nowra-Bomaderry area, an extension of Flinders Estate industrial area and
increased zoning flexibility for the Nowra CBD recommended by the Nowra CBD
Joanna Gash said the approved SLEP 2014 was the result of many years of hard
work and she was extremely pleased to see the culmination of the project.
approval of SLEP 2014 is a significant milestone for Shoalhaven City and
provides scope for Council to continue progressing the area forward,” said Clr
approval follows an exhaustive community engagement process which saw Council
receive over 3,700 submissions across two public exhibition periods.
the final Plan includes a number of changes requested by the community
including setting maximum building heights for many town centres and
residential areas and providing a mix of Environmental Living, Large Lot
Residential and Primary Production Small Lots zones for existing rural
again like to thank each of the community members that took the opportunity to
make a submission as part of both the first or second exhibition process.
also like to congratulate both the Councillors and Council staff, as well as
State Members Shelley Hancock and Gareth Ward for their ongoing commitment to
seeing this important planning project completed.”
The Mayor said that the SLEP 2014 had
maintained the rural character of the area by retaining set minimum lot sizes
in rural and environmental areas.
She also said that the area’s natural
attributes and important regional habitat corridors were also recognised
through environmental zones and layers to protect those areas from
inappropriate future development.
SLEP 2014 also –
approximately 540 hectares of new residential land in the Nowra Bomaderry area.
approximately 30 hectares of new employment land across the City.
recommendations of the State Governments Sensitive Urban Lands Review.
The LEP brings
Council into line with the majority of the State which have adopted new LEPs
using a standard template and more consistent language, as well as local
mapping system will be updated shortly to reflect the new zones, in the
meantime landowners can review the notified maps and instrument on the NSW
Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172