Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) are an integral part of the NSW planning system. Each local government area has a LEP to guide development, planning decisions and protect natural resources and heritage. LEPs are prepared by councils under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, in consultation with their community and approved by the Minister for Planning (or their delegate).
Mosman Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012 was finalised and approved by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure in late 2011, and published on the NSW Legislation Website on 9 December 2011. It came into effect on 1 February 2012, and consists of a written instrument and maps.
The Mosman LEP 2012 provides the statutory framework for planning, development and building within the Mosman local government area. The LEP allocates land for specific purposes through zoning, and controls the development of this land through development standards, planning controls and other planning provisions, such as those to conserve local heritage and protect sensitive land. The LEP guides planning decisions and manages the way land is used in Mosman, reflecting the Council’s long-established residential development strategy .
From time to time, amendments are made to Mosman LEP 2012, either by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment with amendments to the Standard Instrument (i.e. a State-wide mandated template upon which the LEP is based), or by Council by way of a Planning Proposal. To ensure you are referring to the current version of the LEP you must access it via the NSW legislation website. The Department’s LEPs Online tracker website provides a list of all past and current Planning Proposals throughout NSW, including in Mosman.
Take a look at the Q&A page on this website which addresses some commonly asked questions about Mosman LEP 2012 relating to floor space ratio calculation, landscaped area ratios and variation of development standards.