Local Environmental Plan
A Local Environmental Plan is a legal document called a Planning Instument, it provides the rules and guidelines which control the use of private and public land through zoning. It aims to reduce possible conflict between adjoining land uses, and aims to ensure there is adequate land to meet the diverse needs of our region.
The Mid-Western Regional Local Environmental Plan 2012 commenced on the 10 August 2012, and has been amended multiple times since. The written Local Environmental Plan can be viewed on the New South Government Legislation web site via the following link:
To view the maps for the LEP please follow the link below:
The Mid-Western Regional Local Environmental Plan 2012 affects every parcel of land within the Mid-Western Region. The plan replaced the previous Local Environmental Plans operating in the area, namely:
Mid-Western Regional Interim Local Environmental 2008
Rylstone Local Environmental Plan 1996
Merriwa Local Environmental Plan 1992
Development Control Plan 2013
Purpose of the Plan
This Plan contains detailed requirements to guide development in the Mid-Western Regional Council local government area. It complements and must be considered with the provisions of the Mid-Western Regional Council Local Environmental Plan 2012. The plan applies to all land in the Mid-Western Regional Council Area, was adopted by Council on 6 February 2013, and commenced operation on 11 February 2013. Amendment 5 to the Development Control Plan commenced operation on 18 September 2020 following the resolution of Council on the 12 August 2020.
Aim of the Plan
The aims of this Plan are to:
- Define development standards that deliver the outcomes desired by the community and Council;
- Provide clear and concise development guidelines for various forms of development;
- Encourage innovation in design and development by not over-specifying development controls;
- Expedite development approvals by providing clear direction of Council’s intent and criteria; and
- Provide certainty of development outcomes for developers and the community.
Developer Contribution Plan (former Section 94 and Section 94A Contributions Plan)
The main purpose of this plan is to authorise:
- The consent authority, when granting consent to an application to carry out development to which this plan applies; or
- The Council or an accredited certifier, when issuing a CDC for development to which this plan applies,
- To require either a contribution (under section 7.11 of the EP&A Act) or a fixed development levy (under section 7.12 of the EP&A Act) to be made towards the provision, extension or augmentation of local infrastructure required as a consequence of development in the Mid-Western Regional LGA. The contribution or levy may also be applied towards existing local infrastructure that was provided in anticipation of, or to facilitate, such development.
Other purposes of this plan are as follows:
- To provide the framework for the efficient and equitable determination, collection and management of development contributions in the Mid-Western Regional LGA.
- To establish the relationship between the expected development and proposed local infrastructure to demonstrate that the section 7.11 contributions required under this plan are reasonable.
- To allow the opportunity for local infrastructure to be provided by land developers as works in kind in lieu of paying a monetary contribution.
- To allow the opportunity for the dedication of land by land owners at no cost to Council in lieu of a monetary contribution.
- To ensure that the broader Mid-Western Regional community is not unreasonably burdened by the provision of local infrastructure that is required as a result of development in the Mid-Western Regional LGA.
The Mid-Western Regional Contributions Plan 2019 commenced following public notice given from Friday, 21 June 2019 and applies to all land within the Mid-Western Regional LGA.
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Water Development Servicing Plan
This Development Servicing Plan (DSP) covers water supply developer charges (DC) for the Mid Western Regional Council. This relates to assets such as treatment facilities, transfer systems and storage reservoirs.
This DSP has been prepared with consideration to Developer Charges Guidelines for Water Supply, Sewerage and Stormwater (2002). These are the final relevant guidelines, managed by the Department of Water and Energy (DWE).
This DSP aims to:
- Allow Council to require an equitable monetary contribution for the provision of water supply infrastructure to meet the demands generated by development.
- Facilitate the future provision of a water supply to the Mid Western Regional Council area which meets the required levels of service with regard to flows,pressure, water quantity and the frequency of restrictions.
- Set out the schedule and programme of proposed works to meet increasing town water supply demands generated by development.
- Detail the contribution rates and Mid Western Regional Council’s payment policies.
Click here (PDF 2Mb) to download a complete copy of the Development Servicing Plan for Mid-Western Regional Council Water Supply (1MB).
Sewerage Development Servicing Plan
This Development Servicing Plan (DSP) covers sewerage developer charges (DC) for the Mid Western Regional Council. This DSP has been prepared with consideration to Developer Charges Guidelines for Water Supply, Sewerage and Stormwater (2002). These are the final relevant guidelines, managed by the Department of Water and Energy, Utilities (DWE).
This DSP aims to:
1. Allow Council to require an equitable monetary contribution for the provision of sewerage infrastructure to meet the loading generated by development.
2. Facilitate the future provision of sewerage services to the Mid Western Regional Council area which meets the required levels of service with regard to pump station capacity, collector main capacity and treated effluent quality.
3. Set out the schedule and programme of proposed works to meet increasing sewerage loads generated by development.
4. Detail the contribution charges and Mid Western Regional Council’s payment policies.
To enable this, a future demand estimate of sewerage load for the Council has been undertaken. The demand estimate is the basis used for determining the infrastructure required to meet the need generated by future development.
Developer contributions are applicable for existing and proposed works which serve future development.
To read the full document, please click on the link below.