What is a Development Control Plan?

The Wagga Wagga Development Control Plan 2010 (DCP) is a Council policy document that supports the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010 (LEP) with more detailed planning and design guidelines. Whilst amendments may be made, over time, the DCP must be consistent with the LEP. The LEP contains a series of clauses and maps, and includes the zoning for all land within the Local Government Area (LGA). 


What are the Draft DCP Amendments seeking to change

Amendment No. 11
To achieve Amendment No. 11, Section 1 has been amended to include a note that excludes dwellings*, dual occupancies*, multi dwelling housing* and structures and outbuildings associated with these developments from being reported to Council when controls are varied by more than 10%. Key reasons for the amendment include: The amendment has been identified as requiring immediate attention. Process improvements will result from the amendment for both Council and the community.Changes to delegation will only enable variations to dwellings, multi dwelling housing and structures and outbuildings as defined in the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010.Variation to controls greater than 10% for all other development application types will still be reported to Council.Development applications where 10 or more submissions are received in objection to an application will still need to be reported to Council.The existing delegation limit restricts site specific design and unnecessarily extends the development approval timeframes for residential development. *Note: The Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010 has the following definitions for uses identified above: dual occupancy means a dual occupancy (attached) or a dual occupancy (detached). dual occupancy (attached) means 2 dwellings on one lot of land that are attached to each other, but does not include a secondary dwelling. dual occupancy (detached) means 2 detached dwellings on one lot of land, but does not include a secondary dwelling. dwelling means a room or suite of rooms occupied or used or so constructed or adapted as to be capable of being occupied or used as a separate domicile. multi dwelling housing means 3 or more dwellings (whether attached or detached) on one lot of land, each with access at ground level, but does not include a residential flat building. 
Amendment No. 12
To achieve Amendment No. 12, Section 5 will be amended to change the height requirement for when tree removals require approval by amending the height from 5m to 8m. Further changes to the section will involve providing clarification on species lists and general updates to provide clarity.
Key reasons for the amendment include:
- To reduce the number of applications required for the removal of trees.
- Reduce the costs to the community.
- Improve the use of Council resources.

What is the residential strategy?

The residential strategy will look at population forecasts and demand for housing stock and develop growth scenarios based on this analysis.

What is a rural land strategy?

The rural land strategy will look at the sustainability of villages and the potential for villages to accommodate growth

What will these strategies do?

The outcomes of these strategies will inform amendments to the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010 (WWLEP) and Wagga Wagga Development Control Plan (WWDCP).

How was the assessment criteria established?

The assessment criteria have been development to ensure growth options have merit under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The criteria are based on the NSW Planning and Environment guideline on preparing planning proposals. This guideline is the key document Council needs to address when preparing amendments to the LEP. The criteria will provide an open and transparent process for assessing growth options and amendments against environmental, social, economic and other specific considerations. In addition, assessing growth options against the criteria will streamline the process for preparing an amendment to the LEP as the options have already been assessed against the relevant LEP amendment guidelines.

What are the benefits of the assessment criteria?

The benefits of using the assessment criteria are:

- The process provides certainty to the community.

-  The criteria will ensure the assessment is clear, transparent and equitable.

-  The criteria acknowledge the need for key technical work to inform decisions around growth.

-  It will streamline the process for preparing amendments to the LEP to implement strategy recommendations.

I want to speak with someone about the Planning Review, who can I contact?

You can call or visit Council to speak directly with one of Council’s Strategic Planners. Council officers are available between 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. It is recommended you call ahead to make an appointment with the relevant officer. Alternatively, you can call 1300 292 442 and speak with an officer over the phone. 

I want to provide comments on exhibition material. How do I do this and what is the process for considering comments received?

Any individual, organisation or group can provide comment on exhibition material. Comments must be made in writing, either via letter or email. Comments may also be provided directly through Council’s Your Say site. Individual responses to submissions are not provided, however the relevant Council officer will prepare a report to Council responding to the submissions received.

What happens after exhibition?

A report will be tabled to Council responding to the comments received. You will be advised of the relevant Council Meeting that is considering your comments and you will be notified of the outcome.