Rezoning applications may be accepted by the council, however some fees may be associated and consideration of applications does not ensure the rezoning will be made.
How zoning works
Zoning is used to manage the different land uses and development types throughout the Shire. Zoning patterns, which are shown on the zoning maps in LEP, set out various types of zones for residential, commercial, employment, open space and special use activities.
For each zone, the LEP specifies the types of development that may be carried out (with or without development consent from council) and the types of development that are prohibited.
View zoning in Shire Maps
A rezoning is a change to the zone of a parcel of land. This can increase or decrease the range of permissible uses for a site or change the development controls that are applicable. Land can only be rezoned through a formal amendment to the LEP.
Applications to rezone land are generally not encouraged and should only be submitted in the following circumstances:
- Where land cannot be reasonably developed or used under the existing zoning.
- Where development of land in accordance with the existing zone would not be in the public interest.
The Department of Planning has requested that amendments to existing council LEPs be avoided, where possible, and rezonings be included as part of standard instrument LEPs.
How is an amendment to the LEP made?
The preparation of a planning (rezoning) proposal is the first step in making an amendment to the LEP. A planning (rezoning) proposal is a document that explains the intended effect of, and justification for, a proposed LEP.
Under legislation, council must prepare and submit a planning proposal to the Department of Planning for consideration of an amendment to the LEP.
A planning (rezoning) proposal must include the following:
- A statement of objectives and intended outcomes of the proposal.
- An explanation of the provisions that are to be included in the proposal.
- A justification of the objectives and outcomes, including the process of how these are to be implemented.
- Maps containing the appropriate details, including land use zones, heritage areas and flood prone areas where applicable.
- Details of the community consultation that will be undertaken.
The first step in making a rezoning application
Talk to a council planner prior to preparing an application. These officers can explain the process and discuss any issues that may be relevant to the specific proposal.
Ready to apply?
When you are ready to apply for a rezoning, complete the application for planning (rezoning) proposal.
Enquiries can be directed to Environmental Planning Unit on 9710 0800 or