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Changes to Council's Development Control Plan now on public exhibition

Publish Date 13/11/2017

A series of proposed minor amendments to the Port Stephens Council Development Control Plan 2014 (DCP) have gone on public exhibition for community feedback until Friday 1 December.

Local Environmental Plans guide planning decisions for all local government areas through zoning and development controls.

The DCP supports the Port Stephens Local Environmental Plan 2013, providing detailed planning and design guidelines for how land can be used.

Jeffrey Bretag, Council's Strategic Planning Coordinator, says feedback is now being sought on how these changes may affect the community.

"When the DCP was adopted in 2015, there was a commitment to continually review the plan and this amendment addresses an array of matters that have arisen since its adoption," Mr Bretag said.

"We believe the amendments will mostly affect those who regularly submit development applications, but there are several changes we really would like for the community to be aware of, especially around secondary dwellings, shipping containers and sheds."

Mr Bretag says submissions can be made in a variety of ways up until 5pm Friday 1 December 2017.

"Submissions can be posted, emailed or dropped into Port Stephens Council during the exhibition period," he said.

"Some of the key changes we'd like feedback on include revised drainage and water quality controls for developments, additional notification requirements related to subdivisions and new control requirements for secondary dwellings, multi dwelling housing, seniors housing, shipping containers and sheds on rural residential properties," he added.

For more information about proposed changes to the Port Stephens Council Development Control Plan 2014, download our FAQ sheet or visit https://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/your-council/about-council/public-exhibition