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In March 2018, amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) introduced new requirements for councils to prepare and make Local Strategic Planning Statements.

Local strategic planning statements (LSPS) will set out:

  • the 20-year vision for land use in the local are
  • the special characteristics which contribute to local identity
  • shared community values to be maintained and enhanced
  • how growth and change will be managed into the future.

Councils will show how their vision gives effect to the regional or district plan, based on local characteristics and opportunities, and the council’s own priorities in the community strategic plan it prepares under local government legislation.

Informed by the strategic and community planning work undertaken across regions, districts and local government areas, the LSPS will be the key resource to understand how strategic and statutory plans will be implemented at the local level.

This guideline provides information for councils, the community and other stakeholders on the contents of a local strategic planning statement, how it is made, and how it is implemented.

The guideline provides councils with a suggested process to help develop their first statement. Whilst the guideline applies across the state, different councils and regions have different resources and needs.

The Department will support regional councils with their technical or practical needs. The Greater Sydney Commission will assist councils in the Greater Sydney region.

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