Local Environmental Plan (LEP)

The Randwick Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012 commenced on 15 February 2013 and provides the main legal (or statutory) document for planning and development in Randwick City.

It controls how land is used (via zones) and sets out provisions for how land can be developed. It also contains provisions to conserve Randwick's heritage and protect sensitive land.

The LEP comprises the written Instrument and a range of maps including land zoning, floor space ratio, height of buildings, protection of trees and heritage conservation, as well as a number of other environmental requirements. It was adopted by Council following intensive consultation with the community, and formally approved by the NSW Minister for Planning, under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

To view the Randwick LEP 2012 on the NSW legislation website:

To view the LEP maps on the NSW legislation website:

Vision 2040: Shaping Randwick's Future

In March 2018, the Greater Sydney Commission released ‘The Greater Sydney Region Plan - A Metropolis of Three Cities’ and District Plans for each of Greater Sydney’s five districts. Randwick City Council is included within the Eastern City District Plan. These plans require councils to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).

The LSPS is a statutory document to implement actions from the Regional and District Plans at a local level, and it will inform a review and update of the Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP) and Development Control Plan 2013 (DCP).

The LSPS outlines our future vision for planning across Randwick City and sets the direction around where we live, work, play and how we move around while also recognising and preserving Randwick City’s values and special characteristics.

Alongside the LSPS, the Greater Sydney Commission’s Regional and District Plans require all councils to prepare a housing strategy to guide short, medium, and long-term housing growth in response to projected population growth.

The housing strategy links our vision for housing with the housing objectives and targets of the Greater Sydney Commission strategic plans. The actions of the strategy will inform an update to Council’s planning controls for residential development.

In March and April 2019, Council undertook a comprehensive community consultation program branded Vision 2040: Shaping Randwick’s Future, to inform the preparation of a draft LSPS and draft Housing Strategy.

The draft LSPS and draft housing strategy were on exhibition from 1 October – 5 November 2019. Submissions are currently being considered and the outcomes of the consultation will be reported to the Council in early 2020. To view the draft LSPS and housing strategy and to check for updates, view the Your Say page here.

Council is conducting local character analysis which will inform the comprehensive LEP review in 2020. Draft local character statements will be reported to Council in early 2020 before being placed on public exhibition for community input. More information on local character can be found here.

After finalisation of the LSPS and Housing Strategy in early 2020, Council will commence preparation of a planning proposal to implement changes to the LEP.

Planning Proposals

Preparation of a planning proposal is required as part of the plan making process to amend the Local Environmental Plan.

A planning proposal may deal with a minor change to an existing LEP or it may aim to introduce a new precinct or Council-wide LEP.

Click here to find out more about planning proposals.

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