Open Letter published in The Saturday Paper, 12th September
media enquiries: Bridget Jackson on 0411 160 293
A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) determines -
LEPs are therefore the major determinant of where future development occurs in the Blue Mountains, what it will look like and how the natural environment and urban character will be protected from adverse development impacts.
In line with NSW Planning department requirements, Blue Mountains City Council consolidated its current LEPs into a city-wide plan that meets the State government's "one size fits all" Standard Instrument LEP format.
In November 2014, Council unanimously voted to adopt the DLEP 2013.
Full background details can be found here.
It appears that the NSW Planning Department will no longer accept the "local" or "non-standard" clauses in our new LEP. Here's the Mayoral Minute
It is these local clauses that impose some environmental standards; eg buffers around creeks which will assist in protecting the World Heritage Area downstream.
Council's continued negotiations with the Department and ministers over the past 2 years were meant precisely to avoid their late objection to DLEP 2013. Council has yet to receive formal notice of this change in position. The Department's own deadline of 30th June has now passed.
If the environmental protections in current LEPs for the Blue Mountains are not allowed to be transferred in full to the new LEP, this will mean a significant downgrading of environmental protection that will have dire consequences for the ongoing viability and listing of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
To open a prepared email that can be sent to the Minister for Planning - click here.
The ‘Save our LEP’ petition was launched at the Winter Magic festival in June.
The petition called for the Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, to approve the new LEP for the Blue Mountains in the form endorsed by the community and Council.
The response by Blue Mountains residents was overwhelming with over 2,300 signatures collected.
Society members Kerry Horne, Carolyn Williams, Ann Cantwell and Bob Cantwell handed over the petition to the Member for Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle, at her office in Springwood on Thursday 30th July.
The petition was tabled in Parliament on 5th August.