Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Support the Blue Mountains draft LEP 2013 – write a letter

Please write a letter to Parliamentarians supporting the draft Blue Mountains draft LEP, 2013

The Blue Mountains City Council is required by the NSW Government to make a new town plan that complies with its state-wide ‘one-size-fits-all’ planning template. Without your support, the NSW Government will wind back environment protection and allow over development of the Blue Mountains. If you love in the Mountains, then email or call the Minister for Planning, the Hon. Brad Hazzard, or a local Blue Mountains member, telling them that you want to see all the protection measures currently in the existing Blue Mountains plans retained in the new plan.

For more detailed information, see the submission from the Colong Foundation below.

Write or contact:

Mr Stuart Ayres, MP, Member for Penrith; email Penrith@parliament.nsw.gov.au; ph 4722 8660;

The Hon Brad Hazzard, MP, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; email office@hazzard.minister.nsw.gov.au; ph 9228 5258;

Mrs Rosa Sage, MP, Member for the Blue Mountains; email bluemountains@parliament.nsw.gov.au; ph 4751 3298.

Your letter should request that:

  • All the environmental protection provisions in the existing planning instruments be transferred into the dLEP2013;
  • Decision makers operating under the new plan be required to ensure development proposals comply with the aims of the local environmental plan and its relevant zones; including as a priority ecologically sustainable development, the retention of the environmental heritage and ecological values, and preservation of watercourses, riparian habitats, wetlands and water quality;
  • No subdivisions or residential development be permitted outside existing town and village boundaries, and in particular, not in the E2 zone [highest ranking environmental protection zone], so as to protect the environment and limit bushfire risk to life and property;
  • No subdivisions be permitted in publicly owned land in any environmental protection zone and further, public land, including reserves that is known as community land, should not be reclassified as operational land as it may then be subsequently developed;
  • No development occur on lands that are physically incapable of development [defined as ‘environmentally constrained lands’] due to steepness or proximity to a water course;
  • Lands of high conservation value [also defined as ‘environmentally constrained lands’] be protected from any development and that these areas be mapped across the entire City, including in the E2 zone;
  • The stormwater controls for this City within a World Heritage Area should be strengthened so that all development complies with a neutral or beneficial impact test to effectively control the amount and quality of the urban runoff;
  • Support for the inclusion of new zone R6 Residential Character Conservation as the appropriate replacement for the LEP 2005 Living Conservation zone, but with an amended objective to protect nearby bushland areas from the impact of invasive species.
  • Significant Vegetation Communities are be defined and protected in the dLEP 2013.