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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:

Amendments

On 27 July 2021 Council resolved at its ordinary meeting to amend Port Stephens Development Control Plan 2014, to adopt chapter D17 Rifle Range. This amendment will come in to force on the date of gazettal of Map Amendment 2 to the Port Stephens Local Environmental Plan 2013.

The table below describes amendments made to the DCP since its adoption

The amendment gives effect to Council’s resolution of 24 November 2020. The amendment makes changes to Part D5 Nelson Bay Centre and Part D6 Nelson Bay West to encourage active street frontages, design excellence and consideration of local character.

The amendment came into effect on 11 January 2020.

The 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 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 amendment related to a series of minor changes and corrections throughout the DCP. It was adopted by Council on Tuesday 13 February 2018.

The amendment came into effect on 22 February 2018.

The 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 amendment came into effect on 26 April 2018.

The 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 amendment came in effect on 21 June 2018.

The 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 amendment came in effect on 23 August 2018.

The amendment gives effect to Council's resolution of 9 July 2019. It makes changes to the noise planning area to which Part B7 applies. The amendment also updates relevant working and definitions within the DCP.

The amendment came in effect on 25 July 2019.

The amendment gives 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.

The amendment came in effect on 5 September 2019.

The amendment gives effect to Council’s resolution on 22 October 2019. The amendment makes changes to Part B4 Drainage and Water Quality, particularly in relation to requirements for waters quality improvement devices.

The amendment came in effect on 12 December 2019.

The amendment gives 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.

The amendment came into effect on 14 May 2020.

The amendment gives effect to Council’s resolution of 25 August 2020. The amendment makes changes to Part B1 Tree Management to align with the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017.

The amendment came into effect on 15 September 2020.

The amendment gives effect to Council's resolution of 24 November 2020. Amendments were made throughout the DCP to improve the efficiency of the development assessment process. Additionally, the format of the DCP was updated to improve legibility.

The amendment came into effect on 10 December 2020.

The amendment gives effect to Council's resolution of 8 December 2020. The amendment makes changes to Part B5 Flooding and sets out prescriptive and performance based controls for new development on flood prone land.

The amendment came into effect on 10 December 2020.

Natural resources technical specifications

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 Objective B4.C of the Port Stephens Development Control Plan 2014.

Contact

Strategic Planning Team
Email: rezoning@portstephens.nsw.gov.au