Planning Our Future

Bayside Council is preparing three new strategic planning documents.

  1. Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), a new strategic document that will guide the future of Bayside, develop a vision for the next 20 years and determine how we manage our land. You can read more about the LSPS here.
  2. Local Environmental Plan (LEP) this plan is used by planning authorities when assessing development applications. It is a legally binding planning instrument. The LEP guides planning decisions for Council areas through zoning and development controls, and provides a framework for the way land can be used.
  3. Development Control Plan (DCP), this plan is also considered by planning authorities when assessing applications. DCP supports the LEP and provides information on built form, design and scale expectations, including interface, open space and car parking.

Why are we doing this ?

Bayside Council was formed in 2016 through the amalgamation of former Botany and Rockdale Councils. This means that two Council areas have come together resulting in two LEPs and two DCPs . Those formerly separate planning controls now need to be combined. The creation of the LSPS is a new requirement for local Councils under a 2017 amendment to the EPA Act 1979.

In addition the NSW Government has set planning directions for the next 40 years for the Greater Sydney Region which is outlined in the Greater Sydney Region Plan. The NSW Government has also prepared subregional plans, with Bayside Council included in the Eastern District Plan you can read the plan here. The priorities identified in these State Government plans need to be reflected in Council's strategic planning documents.

What’s Happening Now?

The draft Local Strategic Planning Statement is now on exhibition! We would like to hear from you to ensure your opinions shape the final outcomes. You can read the draft LSPS and provide feedback here.

How did we get here?

To create the draft LSPS we spoke to technical experts and the Bayside community through a variety of methods;

  • Community wide survey Planning Our Future to inform the LSPS
  • Community Workshops
  • Created technical studies
  • Draft technical studies on exhibition on Have Your Say
  • Have Your Say project page with mapping tool

How does this work with State Government planning documents?



Bayside Council is preparing three new strategic planning documents.

  1. Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), a new strategic document that will guide the future of Bayside, develop a vision for the next 20 years and determine how we manage our land. You can read more about the LSPS here.
  2. Local Environmental Plan (LEP) this plan is used by planning authorities when assessing development applications. It is a legally binding planning instrument. The LEP guides planning decisions for Council areas through zoning and development controls, and provides a framework for the way land can be used.
  3. Development Control Plan (DCP), this plan is also considered by planning authorities when assessing applications. DCP supports the LEP and provides information on built form, design and scale expectations, including interface, open space and car parking.

Why are we doing this ?

Bayside Council was formed in 2016 through the amalgamation of former Botany and Rockdale Councils. This means that two Council areas have come together resulting in two LEPs and two DCPs . Those formerly separate planning controls now need to be combined. The creation of the LSPS is a new requirement for local Councils under a 2017 amendment to the EPA Act 1979.

In addition the NSW Government has set planning directions for the next 40 years for the Greater Sydney Region which is outlined in the Greater Sydney Region Plan. The NSW Government has also prepared subregional plans, with Bayside Council included in the Eastern District Plan you can read the plan here. The priorities identified in these State Government plans need to be reflected in Council's strategic planning documents.

What’s Happening Now?

The draft Local Strategic Planning Statement is now on exhibition! We would like to hear from you to ensure your opinions shape the final outcomes. You can read the draft LSPS and provide feedback here.

How did we get here?

To create the draft LSPS we spoke to technical experts and the Bayside community through a variety of methods;

  • Community wide survey Planning Our Future to inform the LSPS
  • Community Workshops
  • Created technical studies
  • Draft technical studies on exhibition on Have Your Say
  • Have Your Say project page with mapping tool

How does this work with State Government planning documents?