Local Planning Strategy - FAQs

Why do we need a Local Planning Strategy?

A Local Planning Strategy is a statutory pre-requisite for preparing a new Local Planning Scheme No. 4 that will replace the existing Local Planning Scheme No. 3. All local governments must prepare a Local Planning Strategy. The Strategy is reviewed every 5 years.

What does a Local Planning Strategy do?

The Local Planning Strategy guides how the Town will manage growth and change in land use and development over the next 10 to 15 years. It must:

  1. set out the long-term planning directions for the Town; and
  2. apply any State or regional planning policy that is relevant to the strategy; and
  3. provide the rationale for any zoning or classification of land under the local planning scheme.

How does the Local Planning Strategy affect my property?

The Local Planning Strategy does not change the current zoning or development potential of your property. But it does indicate potential future changes for some areas to zones, densities and development requirements when the new Local Planning Scheme No. 4 is prepared.

When will the new Local Planning Scheme No. 4 be prepared?

The new Local Planning Scheme No. 4 project is expected to commence in 2023 and will take some time to finalise following public advertising, assessment by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and approval by the Minister for Planning. The new Scheme will take direction from the Local Planning Strategy.