The aim of the Moree Plains Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2011 is to guide planning decisions for Moree Plains Local Government Area through zoning and development controls, which provide a framework for the way land can be used. The LEP is the main planning tool to shape the future of communities and also ensure local development is done appropriately.
To amend Local Environmental Plans (LEP) a legislative process is followed in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. A request to amend the LEP is also known as a rezoning application or planning proposal.
This process involves a number of steps that include Council assessment, public and government agency consultation and approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. An overview of this process is provided below.
Steps to initiate the request for amendment of the Moree Plains Local Environmental Plan 2011
Step 1 – Initial discussion with Strategic Planner
Complete the Request to Amend Local Environmental Plan Form in accordance with the advice received from the Pre-Lodgement Advice Meeting. This request will also include a planning proposal which explains the intended effect of a proposed LEP and justifies the amendment of the LEP.Lodge the Request to Amend Local Environmental Plans form with Council including the payment of stage one fees in accordance with Council's Fees and Charges Schedule .
A Development Control Plan (DCP) provides specific, more comprehensive guidelines for certain types of development, or area specific requirements for localities. A DCP is important in the planning system because it provides a flexible means of identifying additional development controls and standards for addressing development issues at a local level.
The Moree Plains Development Control Plan 2013 (the DCP) was adopted by Moree Plains Shire Council on 31 January 2013 and became effective 18 April 2013.
The second amendment to include the Blueberry Chapter was adopted by Moree Plains Shire Council on 9 May 2013 and became effective 30 May 2013.
Council has the ability to collect contributions for the provision of local infrastructure and facilities under section 94A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. This generally occurs through the development assessment process whereby Council can place conditions on certain types of development to require the levy of these contributions.
Section 94A contributions enables Councils to seek funds from developers towards the provision, extension or augmentation of public amenities and services. It is an essential service to ensure adequate provision of infrastructure to serve the needs of our growing population.Councils Section 94A Development Contribution Plan outlines the process for the collecting and expending local infrastructure contributions.
Damage to bitumen and gravel road pavements due to heavy vehicles from traffic generating developments is a significant impact on the public roads and Council's budget. Where a development has proposed that heavy vehicles use the public roads in the Shire and the existing road maintenance schedule is inadequate to carry the additional load, a contribution will be sought from the proposed development towards the cost of maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of the road network.
The NSW Land and Environment Court has recognised the significant impact that road haulage vehicles associated with traffic generating developments and in particular extractive industries have on the public road system, beyond the normal usage by the general public, and accordingly has accepted that Section 94 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979 is an appropriate mechanism for the levy of contributions for the upgrading and rehabilitation of effected public roads.
Section 94 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979 enables Council to levy contributions from developers for the provision of public amenities and services required as a consequence of development.Section 94 Development Contribution Plan – Traffic Generating Development
The Growth Management Strategy will provide a future direction for the settlements and land within the shire.
This document provides a description of the physical, social and economic environment of the Shire as well as the planning context. The development pattern of the Shire is described and the issues during the future of the shire have been discussed. Finally, analysis of these issues has been carried out to provide a set of options, The strategy then makes a number of recommendations for future action.
NSW Fair Trading became the state’s single plumbing and drainage regulator for all on-site plumbing and drainage work from 1 January 2013. In regional areas such as Moree, Fair Trading has delegated the inspection and enforcement powers to Councils, so all plumbers and drainers should continue to contact us to book inspections, pay inspection fees, submit documentation and for enquiries.
While Council will continue to undertake inspection and enforcement of plumbing and drainage work, there have been a number of changes under the reforms designed to provide a more consistent approach to the regulation and licensing of plumbing and drainage work in NSW.
As part of the plumbing regulatory framework, Fair Trading licenses plumbers and drainers under the Home Building Act 1989, and all plumbing and drainage work must be completed by a person who holds a licence, qualified supervisor certificate or tradesperson certificate.
The Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) is the new technical standard for all plumbing and drainage work in NSW. All plumbing and drainage work in NSW must comply with the PCA.
The new Code replaces the more prescriptive NSW Code of Practice for Plumbing and Drainage and other local requirements. The PCA sets out performance requirements for the design, construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration and maintenance or plumbing and drainage installations.
The Code AS/NZS 3500, and it has two provisions that plumbers and drainers can work to and achieve code compliance. One option is for the work to be done under the ‘Deemed to Satisfy’ provision which means that it has been done in accordance with AS/NZS 3500. The other is the performance based provision where work (usually designed by a hydraulic engineer or consultant) meets or exceeds the requirements of AS/NZS 3500.
Plumbers and drainers can get copies of the PCA from the Australian Building Codes Board at www.abcb.gov.au
As part of the reforms, plumbers and drainers are required to submit the following documents at certain stages of the work.
Note: For help and commonly asked questions with the Sewer Service Diagram please refer to the Sewer Service Diagram Requirements
Moree Plains Shire Council has required the submission of our own standard compliance certificate and drainage diagrams for some time now. Our local requirements will now be replaced by the above documents required by Fair Trading.
For more information please refer to the NSW Fair Trading website.