A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is a legal document that is prepared by Council to guide planning decisions for the local government area and is made up of a written instrument and associated maps. Through zoning and development standards, it allows Council to manage the ways in which land is used.
A LEP is prepared in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulations 2000 and is made into legislation by the Minister for Planning and Environment.
LEPs may be amended in order to introduce new planning provisions or policy where considered appropriate by the Relevant Planning Authority (RPA), being either Council or the State Government. Amendments can be in a variety of forms and may comprise of changes to development standards, assessment requirements, land use permissibility or zoning. Most commonly, LEP amendments that are sought by landholders are centred on a request to rezone land in order to enable certain development. LEP amendments may be requested by landowners, developers or the community. Amendments may only be undertaken by an RPA and RPAs may initiate an amendment.