Local Strategic Planning Statement & Local Environmental Plan Review

Local Strategic Planning Statement & Local Environmental Plan Review

As a great place to live, work and play, our City has an important role in Sydney’s future. As the Penrith local government area (LGA) continues to evolve, Council is seeking input from the community to help shape future plans for the City.

Council will be working with the local community over the next two years to develop a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), and review and update the existing Local Environmental Plan (LEP). During this time, you will have opportunities to inform the framework that will help guide decisions about land use in Penrith City over the next 20 years.

Building on our Community Plan, the LSPS will describe the vision and priorities for land use across Penrith City. It will outline the special character and values of the place and how it will be managed into the future.

The LSPS will explain how State and regional plans will be applied in the Penrith LGA, and look at how to manage the challenges that the local area will face over the next 20 years. It will also look at how the existing controls in Council’s LEP, which zones land across Penrith, may need to change to meet the community’s needs – now and in the future. The LEP will be supported by development control plans, contributions plans, place based planning strategies and growth management strategies.

Although we haven’t had to prepare a LSPS before, we’ve already talked to you about community priorities and aspirations for our City. Community involvement in the Community Plan, Community Satisfaction Survey, the Neighbourhood Renewal Program, the Disability Inclusion Action Plan and annual reviews of Council’s strategic plans, have offered important insights into local opportunities and challenges.

During these recent community conversations, you have shared your concerns about Penrith’s changing population and the effect this is having on local infrastructure; as well as the impact of planning and development in rural areas. Among other priorities, you identified the need for improved pathways, cycling and road networks. You want more sustainable development, green infrastructure and solutions to urban heat. You would like to see more open space, play and recreational facilities; additional parking in the city centre and at train stations; improved availability and affordability of housing in the local area; and the protection of the natural environment. These things will be considered as we develop the LSPS and review the existing LEP.

Over the next 12-18 months, the community will have several opportunities to shape the LSPS and the LEP. Council is committed to working with you to make sure that our evolving City is balanced and that the services and infrastructure our community needs keep up as more people call Penrith home. 

During March and April, we asked you to tell us what values and characteristics make our LGA unique, what challenges you think we will face over the next 20 years, and what our priorities should be. We have collated this information and the results are available here.

Your feedback, along with the outcomes of ongoing technical studies, will be used to shape the vision, priorities and actions that will guide how land will be used in the local area.

All Councils in Greater Sydney were recently granted an extension until 1 October 2019 to exhibit their LSPS. At this stage, we anticipate placing our LSPS on exhibition for 6 weeks from late September to early November 2019.

Visit Your Say Penrith to find out about upcoming engagement opportunities.