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Shoalhaven Local Environment Plan 2014 officially approved

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has welcomed NSW State Government approval of the Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan 2014 (SLEP 2014) yesterday afternoon.


The new 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 Regional Strategy.


The SLEP 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 Master plan.


Mayor, 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.


“The approval of SLEP 2014 is a significant milestone for Shoalhaven City and provides scope for Council to continue progressing the area forward,” said Clr Gash.


“Official approval follows an exhaustive community engagement process which saw Council receive over 3,700 submissions across two public exhibition periods.


“As such, 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 residential areas.”


“I would 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.


“I would 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.



The new SLEP 2014 also –

  • Rezones approximately 540 hectares of new residential land in the Nowra Bomaderry area.

  • Provides approximately 30 hectares of new employment land across the City.

  • Implements 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 flexibility.


Council’s online 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 legislation website.



CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172

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