Draft The Hills Local Environmental Plan 2020

Submissions closed on 07 August 2020, 04:30 PM


A planning proposal was on exhibition to amend the Local Environmental Plan that applies to all land in The Hills Shire, with the exception of the North West Region Growth Centres (Box Hill and North Kellyville).

The objective of the planning proposal is to update the planning framework and reset the basis for decisions surrounding land use planning. It seeks to give effect to Council’s new Local Strategic Planning Statement: The Hills Future 2036 and the State Government’s Central City District Plan.  Together, these strategic plans establish planning priorities and actions to guide growth and development.

The planning proposal recommends a number of amendments to The Hills Local Environmental Plan including:

  • Supporting the role and function of strategic centres by applying planning controls to support balanced growth, including limiting the proportion of serviced apartments on land zoned for commercial purposes.
  • Encouraging a mix of complementary land uses in our rural areas to enhance the productive capacity of our rural land.
  • Inclusion of a new objective in the RU6 Transition zone to protect and enhance rural character.
  • Supporting vibrant, small scale neighbourhood centres by encouraging a mix of new and established uses including artisan food and drink industries.
  • Making sure that land zoning maps are better matched to property boundaries, particularly in areas where land acquisition for infrastructure, such as road widening and stormwater management has occurred.
  • Protecting and enhancing residential character through land zoning in some areas of Kellyville, Beaumont Hills and Rouse Hill, minimum lot size controls in West Pennant Hills, a new local character map for the Showground Station Precinct and limiting flexibility for zone boundaries to be varied in residential areas.
  • Reinstating the underlying zoning in the deferred matters area of Showground Station Precinct until precinct planning for the Cattai Creek West area is complete.
  • Introducing boundary retaining walls as development not requiring consent, subject to a set of criteria.


The exhibition period commenced on Friday 10 July, 2020 with submissions received until Friday 7 August, 2020. Due to Government time frames for the finalisation of this planning proposal, late submissions will not be able to be considered.

A dedicated phone number was provided to discuss the proposal with our LEP 2020 team any time during regular business hours. We appreciate that everyone is busy and that it isn’t always possible to call during business hours, so to ensure you have an opportunity to ask questions, we provided the following out of hours phone sessions:

Out-of-Hours Phone Sessions
Date  Time
Thursday 16 July, 2020 5pm to 8pm
Thursday 23 July, 2020 5pm to 8pm
Saturday 25 July, 2020 11am to 2pm
Thursday 30 July, 2020 5pm to 8pm 


During the exhibition period you can also submit a written question using the form below. Answers will be posted each Friday afternoon during the exhibition period.

Delegation for the making of the draft Local Environmental Plan has not been issued to Council, therefore at the conclusion of the exhibition period and after the consideration of any submissions received, Council will make a recommendation to the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment who will be responsible for finalising the proposal.


Your Questions Answered

Questions and Answers (Draft LEP2020) - ISSUE 3(PDF, 396KB)

Questions and Answers (Draft LEP2020) - ISSUE 2(PDF, 448KB)

Questions and Answers (Draft LEP2020) - ISSUE 1(PDF, 267KB)


Do you have a question?

Questions submitted via the form below will be collated each Wednesday and responses will posted each Friday afternoon during the exhibition period.

Please provide a name and email address so we can contact you to clarify your question if required. Details submitted in this form are confidential and will not be published.

Note: This question form is not a submission. If you wish to make a formal submission on the proposal, please use the submission form at the end of this page.

Click here to view form.


Submissions are now closed for this exhibition.