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Policies and Guidelines

There are strict policies in place to govern what can be developed in Hornsby Shire and how development can be carried out. Below are the planning instruments that guide development in Hornsby Shire.

Hornsby Development Control Plan

Hornsby Shire Council’s HDCP provides simple guidance on how development may occur.


Hornsby Local Environmental Plan

The HLEP 2013 is Council’s main planning instrument, outlining what can be developed where. It features both a written instrument and maps.


Development Contributions Plan

Council charges a contribution for new developments to provide local services and facilities that are required because of the development.

The framework for charging development contribution fees for various types of development is set out in Council’s Section 7.11 and 7.12 Development Contributions Plan.


Hornsby Shire Council Local Planning Panel

The Local Planning Panel comprises qualified people independent of Council that have the functions of a Council as a consent authority determine a range of development applications.


Planning Controls and Studies

Before preparing a major amendment to the Local Environmental Plan or Development Control Plan, Council conducts a Planning Study.


Development Control Plan policies

Council has adopted a number of policies to complement the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013.


Planning Proposals

There are a number of steps to making a Local Environmental Plan (LEP). The first step is the preparation of a Planning Proposal.


Community Engagement Plan

This community engagement plan is your guide to how you can help to plan our future by providing feedback on items placed on exhibition for formal public consultation.

You can participate in a diverse range of issues. You can provide feedback on a new neighbourhood playground or a development matter. You can also participate in developing new council policies and strategies.

Your participation informs and guides the decision-making functions of Council.

The plan is available below in PDF format (12MB).