Development Control Plan
The Port Stephens Development Control Plan 2014 (DCP) provides further guidance to the Port Stephens Local Environmental Plan 2013 (LEP). It was adopted by Council on Tuesday 14 July 2015 and became effective on Thursday 6 August 2015.
The DCP is available in separate sections or as a complete document below:
- DCP Section A — Introduction (PDF 3.7 MB)
- DCP Section B — General Controls (PDF 2.6 MB)
- DCP Section C — Development Types (PDF 1.6 MB)
- DCP Section D — Specific Areas (PDF 10.7 MB)
- DCP Section E — Schedules (PDF 477 kB)
The DA Process Improvement amendment to the DCP will be on exhibition from 11 September 2020 to 14 October 2020. You can take a look and have your say on the proposed changes on the Public Exhibition page.
The look and feel of the DCP is also currently being reviewed, with a new format that will be used upon adoption of the amended DCP. A sample of the new format is available below:
- Sample of new DCP format (PDF 1.9 MB)
The table below describes amendments made to the DCP since its adoption.
The first amendment related to Part B1 — Tree Management only and provided additional circumstances under which tree removal may be exempted from Council approval.
The first amendment came into effect on Thursday 3 September 2015.
The second amendment related to Part D1 — Heatherbrae and Part D9 — Raymond Terrace Town Centre. The changes gave effect to the relevant outcomes of the Raymond Terrace and Heatherbrae Strategy, adopted by Council on Tuesday 24 November 2015.
The second amendment came into effect on Thursday 10 December 2015.
The third amendment is in draft form only and relates to Part B5 — Flooding. The amendment aims to provide greater clarity and consistency in the determination of development applications on flood prone land and achieve alignment with Council's other flood management tools.
The amendment was placed on public exhibition in April 2017 and is expected to be reported back to Council for adoption in the coming months.
The fourth amendment related to a series of minor amendments and corrections throughout the DCP. It was adopted by Council on Tuesday 13 February 2018.
The fifth amendment gave effect to Council's resolution of 13 February 2018. Part D9 — Medowie was amended to reflect changes made to the zoning and lot sizes at the Bower Estate.
The sixth amendment gave effect to Council's resolution of 12 June 2018, The amendment inserted Part D16 to provide a site specific DCP for the area known as Kingston, satisfying the requirements of clause 6.3 under the Port Stephens Local Environment Plan 2013.
The seventh amendment gives effect to Council's resolution of 10 July 2018. It makes administrative changes including references to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the repeal of savings and transitional provisions.
The eighth amendment gives effect to Council's resolution of 9 July 2019. It makes changes to the noise planning area to which Chapter B7 applies. The amendment also updates relevant working and definitions within the DCP.
Plan amended to give effect to Council’s resolution of 27 August 2019. The amendment makes changes to the area specific Part D13, which applies to land on Rees James Road, Raymond Terrace.
Draft Part for area specific controls for development of the Rifle Range, Fern Bay.
Plan amended to give effect to Council’s resolution on 27 August 2019. The amendment makes changes to Part B4 Drainage and Water Quality, particularly in relation to requirements for waters quality improvement devices.
Amendment to give effect to Council's resolution of 12 May 2020. The amendment removed Part A11 Development Notification. Development notification requirements are now detailed in the Community Engagement Strategy.
Natural resources technical specifications
- Tree Technical Specification (PDF 795KB)
- Vegetation Technical Specification (PDF 75KB)
- Landscape Technical Specification (PDF 512KB)
- Nest Box Technical Specification (PDF 106KB)
- Noxious Weeds Technical Specification (PDF 52KB)
- Guide to developing a Weed Management Plan (PDF 228KB)
Water Sensitive Urban Design Strategy areas
There are a number of locations for which a Water Sensitive Urban Design Strategy (5.4 MB) has been prepared and endorsed by Council. This document has been prepared for the purposes of clause 4.5 of the Port Stephens Development Control Plan 2014.
Strategic Planning Team
Phone: 02 4988 0255