Harden Local Environmental Plan 2011
A Local Environmental Plan is a legal document called a Planning Instrument. It provides the rules and guidelines which control the use of private and public land through zoning. It aims to reduce possible conflict between adjoining land uses, and aims to ensure there is adequate land to meet the diverse needs of our region.
On 16 February 2011, the Harden Local Environmental Plan 2011 (the LEP) was officially gazetted by the NSW Government. This means it is now Council's principal environmental planning instrument which specifies the land use regulations for the Harden local government area (LGA). The previous instrument, the Harden Interim Development Order No. 1 (dated 4 June, 1976) no longer applies.
The LEP applies to all land located within the boundaries of the Harden LGA. It provides the zoning, permissible and prohibited land uses and minimum lot size information, amongst other things, for the Harden LGA.
Council is being proactive in updating the existing land use regulations and controls applicable to Harden so they are relevant to current community expectations. Over the next three years Council will be developing an industrial lands strategy, a residential lands strategy and a rural lands strategy. Each of these strategies will involve extensive community consultation and will be used by Council to inform the amendments to the LEP to ensure it continues to meet the future needs of our Shire.
The LEP and mapping can be viewed at the legislation website.