Background to Strathfield LEP 2012

In May 2009, Council resolved to notify the Department of Planning of its intention to prepare the draft Strathfield LEP. Council prepared two major studies to inform the new LEP including the;

Economic Land Use and Employment Strategy

Residential Land Use Study

Consultation was also undertaken with State and Local Government authorities and issues raised in submissions were addressed in consultation with the then Department of Planning & Infrastructure.

Public Exhibition of draft LEP

Strathfield Council exhibited the draft Strathfield LEP from 31 January to 23 March 2012. As part of the exhibition process Council held four public information sessions. Over 600 submissions were received including form letters, petitions and individual submissions. All submissions received as part of the public exhibition were considered in the LEP drafting process.

Post exhibition Council determination

Council endorsed a report on the draft Strathfield LEP following on from the consideration of submissions received during the public exhibition process at its meetings on 24 and 31 July 2012. Based on the advice of the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure, the following amendments were incorporated into the report;

• Minor amendments to the draft LEP prior to gazettal (e.g minor amendments to building height maps for a number of sites)

• Significant amendments and issues requiring further resolution, investigation or consideration. These were to be addressed as Planning Proposals by Council as potential amendments to the gazetted LEP (e.g to consider increasing FSR for 554-582 Liverpool Rd & 1 Bede St)

• Specific individual Planning Proposals for three sites to be prepared by landowners/applicants (e.g to rezone Strathfield Golf Club site, 27 & 36 Davidson St Greenacre & Water /Dunlop Street).

Finalisation

On 29 August 2012, the draft LEP (Section 68 version), was lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure for final assessment and approval by the Minister for Planning & Infrastructure.

Amendments to Strathfield LEP 2012 by the Department of Planning & Infrastructure

The Department of Planning and Infrastructure under delegation of the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure made some amendments in finalising the LEP which differed from the draft version that Council submitted to the Department in August 2012.

The major zone changes made by the Department include:

• Change 3-17, 4-18 Bridge Rd, 21-28, 31-48 Loftus Crescent, 19 Crane St from R3 Medium Density Residential to R4 High Density Residential, 11 Knight St, 10-20 Loftus Crescent from R3 Medium Density Residential to B4 Mixed Use, 11 Station St, 1-7 Loftus Cresent from B4 Mixed Use to R4 High Density Residential

• Change 6-32 Smallwood Avenue, 50-53 Loftus Crescent and 19 Bridge Rd Homebush from R2 Low Density Residential to R4 High Density Residential and 11-35 Smallwood Avenue from R2 Low Density Residential to B4 Mixed Use

• Change 19-21 & 20-54 Noble Avenue, 56,60-62 & 66 High Street, 207-225, 234-250 Homebush Rd and 19-27 Macarthur Avenue Strathfield South from R2 Low Density Residential to R3 Medium Density Residential (town house densities)

• 43 Mackenzie St, Strathfield – from R2 Low Density Residential to R3 Medium Density Residential (town house densities)

• Intermodal Logistics Centre (Enfield) - the zoning for the southern portion of the site has been changed from RE1 Public Recreation to RE2 Private Recreation and IN1 General Industrial.

Gazettal of Strathfield LEP 2012

The Strathfield LEP 2012 was published on the NSW legislation website on 15 March 2013 and came into force on 29 March 2013.

The Strathfield Planning Scheme Ordinance, 1969

Prior to the preparation of the Strathfield LEP 2012, the Strathfield Planning Scheme Ordinance, 1969 (SPSO) was the deemed environmental planning instrument that established land use zonings and primary development standards in the Strathfield local government area. A draft Strathfield LEP 2003 was in the process of preparation to replace the SPSO at the time the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure required all new LEPs to be consistent with the Standard Template Instrument.

The written instrument and zoning map for the SPSO are available below.