Hornsby Council development guidelines revolutionised

Wednesday 9 October, 2013

Development in Hornsby Shire is now much simpler thanks to a new map-based Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and a Development Control Plan (DCP) that has shrunk 2,000 pages of text to just 400 without watering down Council policy.

“This is the new way Hornsby Shire Council does business,” Hornsby Mayor Steve Russell said.

“If you are looking to buy, sell, renovate or develop a piece of land, the process is now much easier to understand and navigate.”

The LEP provides guidelines on what can be built and where.

Among the changes to the LEP is greater flexibility for home owners in residential areas as well as allowing granny flats in rural areas.

Also, a new “Enterprise Corridor” zone has been created along sections of Pennant Hills Road and the Pacific Highway, which allows a broader range of business opportunities.

“The previous LEP was more restrictive in what could be established along these roads,” Mayor Russell said.

“It is hoped the new zone will help start-up businesses and rejuvenate the road corridors by ensuring there are no vacant shop fronts.

“It won’t be open slather and Council will still have final say on what is developed, but now business owners will have greater freedom to diversify their business and respond to the needs of the local community.

“This will provide a welcome boost for local business and employment.”

The changes to the DCP are even more dramatic, with the 32 existing DCPs being brought together into one easy-to-read document.

“This is a great example of cutting red tape to make life easier for residents,” Mayor Russell said.

“The various DCPs used to overlap in a very confusing way and it was difficult to figure out exactly what could be done with your property. Now it is very simple.”

The new LEP and DCP come into effect on October 11.

To see them visit hornsby.nsw.gov.au/hlep and hornsby.nsw.gov.au/hdcp

DID YOU KNOW? The term “red tape” originated in Spain in the 16th Century, where all important documents were bound with red tape. The term gained its negative connotation following the American Civil War when veterans’ records, which were very hard to access, were also bound in red tape. 

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