Planning for our future


Developing a long term vision for planning in Sutherland Shire means we must work together to ensure our planning genuinely reflects what we hope to achieve in our shared Community Strategic Plan but also meets the requirements laid out in the NSW Government’s South District Plan.

This information aims to help our community understand changes to the way we will manage planning in Sutherland Shire and more broadly across Sydney.

These changes respond to the way our community is evolving and reflect our priorities set out in our shared Community Strategic Plan and the actions tasked to us in the South District Plan. The South District includes Sutherland Shire and is one of five districts that make up ‘Greater Sydney’.

The next step is establishing a ‘Local Strategic Planning Statement’ which is our road map for planning in our area over the next 20 years.

Reaching a vision to guide future growth will involve broad community engagement. We have already started talking with some community groups about planning in their local areas. We now want to hear from as many people as possible.

Sutherland Shire Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) 2019

In March 2018, the State Government introduced new legislation requiring councils to prepare Local Strategic Planning Statements with the purpose to communicate:

  • the 20-year vision for land use in the local area
  • the special characteristics which contribute to local identity
  • shared community values to be maintained and enhanced
  • how growth and change will be managed into the future.
This Planning Statement outlines a clear connection between State and Local Government policies, priorities and responsibilities. Our community is unique, yet we are part of Greater Sydney and our Local Strategic Planning Statement must align with the NSW Government South District and Greater Sydney Region Plans.

The statements will shape how the development controls in the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) evolve over time to meet the community’s needs.

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The Local Strategic Planning Statement will:

show how actions in the Sydney South District Plan will be implemented in Sutherland Shire
  • bring together the land use and planning priorities for the local government area and explain how they will be achieved
  • indicate any future directions for planning or studies which may be needed to implement actions, such as for housing, employment or environmental issues
  • incorporate and summarise land use objectives and priorities identified in Council’s Community Strategic Plan
  • look at matters on a local government area wide scale, by specific locality, or by themes.
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The exhibition period for the draft LSPS is open from Wednesday 11 September to Friday 25 October 2019.
You can provide feedback:
  • Online via Join the conversation:
  • In person at one of our drop-in information sessions, the 2-day Community Expo or as part of our workshops, see below for details.
  • By email to
  • In writing to Strategic Planning Unit Sutherland Shire Council Locked Bag 17, Sutherland 1499
Drop-in Information Sessions  
  • Monday 16 September, 10am-12pm - Menai Marketplace
  • Tuesday 17 September, 10am-12pm - Southgate Shopping Centre, Sylvania
  • Wednesday 25 September, 10am-12pm - Cronulla Mall
  • Thursday 26 September, 6pm-7pm - Council Chambers, Sutherland Shire Council, 4-20 Eton Street, Sutherland


Planning For The Future Expo

  • Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September, 3pm - 6pm
  • Sutherland Entertainment Centre
  • Come along anytime to find out more and have your say


  • Session 1 : Monday 23 September, 6pm - 8pm
  • Session 2 :
    • Monday 14 October - 4pm - 5:30pm or 6pm - 7:30pm


    • Tuesday 15 October 6pm - 7:30pm
  • Register your Expression of Interest to participate in these workshops CLICK HERE (EOI registration closes 18 September 2019) 


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Greater Sydney Commission is the statutory body responsible for planning for the future growth of the Sydney Region  

You can visit their website here

The South District Plan is the Greater Sydney Commission’s plan for the South District which consists of the following Local Government Areas: Canterbury-Bankstown, Georges River and Sutherland Shire.

It is a 20 year plan to manage growth. It includes actions and priorities around four themes of liveability, productivity, infrastructure and environment. 

You can read the South District Plan here

The Local Strategic Planning Statement is focused on land use, whereas the Community Strategic Plan is focused on the direction of Council’s functions.

You can read our Community Strategic Plan here

Council, in consultation with the community will develop the following:

  • Local Strategic Planning Statement
  • A range of studies and investigations
  • Local Housing Strategy
  • Local Environmental Plan
  • Development Control Plan

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will provide guidance on:

  • The future direction for employment, housing and environmental management
  • What the local character of the Sutherland Shire will be in the future


Yes, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires that each NSW council prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement.

The Local Strategic Planning Statement is separate document that informs the Local Environmental Plan. It may inform changes to the development standards and strategic controls of the Local Environmental Plan.

The NSW Government sets each council in Greater Sydney a timeframe to review its Local Environmental Plan and align it with the South District Plan. Sutherland Shire Council was given three years to complete this process. This means that Council is required to submit a refreshed Local Environmental Plan to the State Government by mid-2020 for initial ‘gateway” approval. Once this is received, the draft Local Environmental Plan will be exhibited for community input. The current target is to have the amended Local Environmental Plan in place by March 2021. The preparation of the Local Strategic Planning Statement is the first step in this process. The Local Strategic Planning Statement outlines how Council will give effect to the requirements of the South District Plan and address the goals of the Community Strategic Plan.

You can read our 2015 Local Environmental Plan here

Community engagement in relation to the Local Strategic Planning Statement forms the first stage of consultation for the review of the Local Environmental Plan. There will also be further opportunities for engagement as the draft plan progresses.

Council will develop a comprehensive community engagement strategy as part of this process. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 requires at least 28 day public exhibition period. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will also make specific directions in relation to how stakeholders are notified of the draft plan.

The Development Control Plan will require review to ensure it supports any changes made to the Local Environmental Plan. This process can only proceed once officers know the extent of changes likely to be included in the revised Local Environmental Plan.

You can read our 2015 Development Control Plan here

Council will develop a comprehensive community engagement strategy as part of this process. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 requires at least 28 day public exhibition period.

Greater Sydney Region councils (which includes Sutherland Shire), are required to commence exhibition of their draft statement by 1 October 2019 and have their final version in place by 31 March 2020.

Council’s recent consultation work for the Community Strategic Plan has informed the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement. The legislation requires a draft Local Strategic Planning Statement to be exhibited for a minimum of 28 days when the community and other stakeholders will be able to make a submission on the Local Strategic Planning Statement. Council plans to consult with the community for several months.

Often development standards or other controls are not accompanied with an explanation of their origin or reason. The Local Strategic Planning Statement will provide consistent strategic reasoning for these controls that can be used when preparing a development application or in an assessment report.

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will outline long term planning for the area and provide reasoning for resulting changes to development standards or controls in Council’s Local Environmental Plan or Development Control Plans. These controls are used when applicants prepare a development application or when making an assessment. 

The Local Strategic Planning Statement can be used to clarify or justify development standards within the context of the strategic planning framework should an application be appealed in the Land and Environment Court.

The Local Strategic Planning Statement focuses on the long-term vision and priorities for land use in the local area. As part of this, it helps to translate the vision and priorities expressed in the Community Strategic Plan, and other strategies, into specific land use planning actions.

The Community Strategic Plan is required under the Local Government Act to have regard to economic, social, environmental and governance matters, and to identify the main priorities and aspirations of the community. These aspirations are then reflected in the Council’s suite of strategic plans – such as recreation strategies, economic development strategies, cultural plans etc – and translated into specific actions in Council’s four-year delivery program and annual operational plan. Land use planning priorities can be identified through this process. These priorities can then be expressed in the Local Strategic Planning Statement and ultimately implemented through the Local Environmental Plan and other mechanisms.

On Monday 15 July 2019 Council resolved that a Councillor Study Group be established to progress the Local Strategic Planning Statement. The Study Group is intended to review the final drafting of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and the content of the community engagement program. It is also an opportunity for Councillors to better understand specific elements that interest them. The final draft Local Strategic Planning Statement will shortly progress to public exhibition and community consultation.

Receive updates: Please telephone our Strategic Planners on 02 9710 0800 to be added to the list.

Attend a Focus Group: an expression of interested will be released in August 2019 with focus groups being conducted in October 2019, dates to be confirmed.

Attend Drop-in Information sessions: are scheduled for September/October 2019, dates to be confirmed.


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