Work has commenced on preparing Liverpool Plains Shire’s Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). This planning blueprint will set-out the 20-year vision for land use across the Shire and identify how growth and change will be managed. To prepare this document Council needs your input to find out exactly what is important to Shire residents and businesses.
LPSC looks forward to your input. To have your say, please complete the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S9XJPX9, email LPSC at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the survey, pick one up from the Administration Centre or call 6746 1755. The survey is open until Friday 6 December. Hard copy versions must be returned to Council's Customer Service Centre, 60 Station Street, Quirindi, or Werris Creek Library, 59 Single Street, Werris Creek by this date.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said the LSPS is a new requirement under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. He said the aim of Council’s LSPS is to provide a clear line-of-sight between the key strategic planning priorities identified through the State, Regional, and local strategic work undertaken by LPSC.
“The LSPS will identify the unique characteristics that contribute to local identity, and the economic, social, and environmental land use direction for the Shire. The LSPS will also help to deliver key State and Regional planning priorities plus creating a vision for our community so we’re prepared to take advantage of future opportunities,” he said.
The LSPS will set-out:
- The community’s 20-year vision for land use across the Shire;
- How LPSC will manage growth and change in the future;
- The unique characteristics and community values of the area that should be retained;
- Support the priorities from our Community Strategic Plan and Regional land use plan; and,
- Inform State agencies about their infrastructure planning and service delivery for schools, hospitals and transport.
“In late 2018, Council started a conversation with our residents and businesses with community consultation through the Open to Change campaign for the review of the Local Environmental Plan (LEP). This provided an opportunity for the community to provide input and feedback on what areas they think should be rezoned, areas where, in their opinion, future development should be permissible, with and without consent, and what should be prohibited.
“Unlike the Open to Change campaign and review of the LEP, the LSPS does not propose any changes to land use zoning at this stage but intends to set the future direction for planning across the Shire,” Councillor Hope continued.
“The upcoming consultation on the LSPS along with the consultation undertaken in 2017 for the Industrial Land Use Strategy and the Community Strategic Plan is helping shape our strategic planning directions. However, we want to build a robust LSPS that serves our community's vision for the next 20 years. Therefore, we want to validate what our community has previously told us and to provide further opportunities to delve into other areas that may have not been addressed or raised previously,” he said.
“After the survey results have been collated there will be further public consultation opportunities provided early in 2020.
“Council encourages and welcomes your ideas. We look forward to your input and thank you for taking the time to help shape your future,” Councillor Hope concluded.