Planning proposals

What is a planning proposal?

A planning proposal is an application to amend local planning controls - for example, those in the Kempsey Local Environmental Plan 2013. It may propose to change the zoning, permitted land uses or development standards such as building height.

Planning proposals are generally prepared by Council but can be prepared another applicant with professional assistance. Please refer to Council’s Procedure 1.1.9 – Rezoning Applications for information on our processes and expectations for planning proposals. This procedure includes a flowchart indicating how and when proposals are presented to ordinary Council meetings.

The NSW Government also publishes A guide to preparing planning proposals.

Is a planning proposal the same as a development application?

No, a planning proposal is the first step in the complex process of changing the planning controls that apply to land.

A development application (DA) is a formal application to carry out development that requires consent under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW).

If a planning proposal is successful, a development application must still be lodged and approved for consent to develop or build on a site.

What is the gateway process?

When Council or a private applicant seeks to amend the Kempsey Local Environmental Plan 2013, a planning proposal is prepared, lodged and then considered by Council. If supported, the planning proposal is forwarded to the NSW Government for assessment. This is called the ‘gateway process’.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment publishes detailed information on the gateway process for planning proposals.

What is a gateway determination?

A gateway determination is a document issued by the NSW Government which states whether a planning proposal should proceed. It also identifies the requirements for public exhibition of the planning proposal and whether any additional studies will be required to support the proposal.

Where can I find a planning proposal?

You can search the NSW Planning Portal for planning proposals – see Planning Proposals Online.