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Land Use Planning Harmonisation

Council is reviewing the multiple land use plans that currently apply to different parts of the City of Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA). This work will create a single Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP) that will apply to the whole LGA.

Why is Council doing this?

In May 2016, the new City of Parramatta LGA was created from parts of the former council areas of Auburn, Holroyd, Hornsby, Parramatta and The Hills. As a result, different planning controls currently apply to different parts of the LGA.

The land use planning harmonisation process will create a clear and more consistent set of planning controls for the whole LGA.

Draft Parramatta Local Environmental Plan

Council has prepared a Planning Proposal for a new Local Environmental Plan (LEP) for the City of Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA). The new LEP will replace the existing LEPs that currently apply to land in the LGA and will be the primary planning document for guiding development and land use decisions made by Council.

The focus of the Planning Proposal is harmonisation (or consolidation) of existing LEP controls. The Planning Proposal does not propose major changes to zoning or increases to density controls. However, in order to create a single LEP, some changes are proposed to the planning controls currently applying in certain parts of the LGA. These include:

  • changes to the types of development that are allowed in certain areas, including where dual occupancies can be built;
  • changes to bring a consistent approach to height and floor space ratio controls applying to residential zones; and
  • a limited number of changes to the zoning of some sites to address inconsistencies and anomalies across current land use plans.

The Planning Proposal and supporting documents was publicly exhibited from Monday 31 August 2020 until Monday 12 October 2020.

The Planning Proposal documentation can be viewed on Council’s Participate Parramatta engagement portal.

Next steps

Council will consider the submissions received on the draft LEP. The feedback received and recommendations for the new planning controls will be reported back to Council who will make a final decision on the proposals. Once endorsed, Council will submit the Panning Proposal to the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, who will be responsible for finalising the LEP.

Alongside the preparation of the consolidated LEP, Council is also progressing work to prepare a draft consolidated development control plan for the LGA, which will contain detailed design controls and standards for different types of development. Once prepared, the draft DCP will be reported to Council for approval to proceed to public exhibition.

Contact us

You can call the Land Use Planning Harmonisation team on (02) 9806 5050 or email

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