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Local Environmental Plans


A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is a legal document which controls land use and development in a local government area. A LEP contains information such as land use zones, building heights, heritage items and local conditions, such as landscaping.

The following LEPs currently apply.

LEP

Area

Georges River Local Environmental Plan (GRLEP) 2021

Applies to land within the Georges River local government area, as per the GRLEP 2021 Land Application Map.

Hurstville Local Environmental Plan (HLEP) 1994

Applies to certain Hurstville City Centre sites which have been identified as ‘deferred matters’ on the GRLEP 2021 Land Application Map.

The deferred matters include certain land in the Hurstville Civic Precinct, and the Westfield site.

For information on the planning controls affecting your property, please visit the NSW Planning Portal.

The GRLEP 2021 came into effect on 8 October 2021. The former Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 and Kogarah Local Environmental Plan 2012 are no longer in effect.

All development applications lodged before 8 October 2021 will continue to be assessed under the former Hurstville or Kogarah plans.

Renaming of Environment Zones

The NSW Government is renaming the Environment Zones. As of 1 December 2021, a reference to an Environment Protection zone E1, E2, E3 or E4 in a document should be taken to be a reference to a Conservation zone C1, C2, C3 or C4.

The new names will be:

Current name New name

Zone E1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves

Zone C1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves

Zone E2 – Environmental Conservation

Zone C2 – Environmental Conservation

Zone E3 – Environmental Management

Zone C3 – Environmental Management

Zone E4 – Environmental Living

Zone C4 – Environmental Living

This change is purely administrative and in name only. Land uses that are currently permitted and prohibited in an Environment Zone will continue once the change to ‘Conservation Zone’ is made. Only the prefix and zone category is changing. The objectives and land uses remain unchanged.

For further information please see Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Amendment (Land Use Zones) Order 2021 (nsw.gov.au)

Employment Zones Reform

On 31 May 2022, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) placed on public exhibition an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for the Employment Zones Reform. The EIE details how each Local Environmental Plan that includes a current Business or Industrial zone will be translated into the new Employment zones. 

The Employment Zones Reform affects the GRLEP 2021 by introducing and replacing the following zones:

  • E1 Local Centre – replaces the B1 Neighbourhood Centre, B2 Local Centre and B6 Enterprise Corridor zone.
  • E2 Commercial Centre – replaces the B3 Commercial Core zone.
  • E4 General Industrial – replaces the IN1 Light Industrial zone.
  • MU1 Mixed Use – replaces the B4 Mixed Use zone.
As a result of the zone changes, some of the zone objectives and permissible and prohibited land uses have been changed.

On 1 December 2022, the Business and Industrial zones will be replaced by the new Employment zones under the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006, effectively updating the GRLEP 2021. 

The EIE and a searchable web tool that displays the current and proposed zone for land covered in this public exhibition is available on the DPE’s Planning Portal. Further information on the Employment Zones Reform is available on the DPE’s Employment Zones Reform webpage.  

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