Local Development Plans

Planning tools used to provide better design control measures.

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Local Development Plans (LDPs) - previously known as Detailed Area Plans (or DAPs) are planning tools used to provide better design control measures than those under Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) for matters relating to urban design and the overall look of a built area.
LDPs will often vary, reflecting the differences in areas and scenarios that may arise in urban settings such as streetscapes, garage location, solar orientation, passive surveillance, noise, access to primary roads, mixed-use development, landscape, the pedestrian network, building height, and topography.

Why is There a LDP For My Area?

LDPs are most frequently applied to areas of small lot developments and mixed use within the Shire. These design requirements are applied to protect and enhance the overall beauty of the neighbourhood and to ensure that these developments have a coordinated approach to achieve good design.

It is general practice that land developers provide potential buyers with a copy of the applicable LDP at the time of purchase. Home owners and potential purchasers should be aware that a LDP may apply if a house on a small 'freehold title lot' (generally less than 500sqm) is to be built.

Owners need to ensure that their builder knows whether or not a LDP applies and that the builder submits plans which comply with the relevant LDP.

If the building proposed complies with the LDP entirely, then a planning application is not required. If it does not comply, then a planning application will need to be lodged in addition to the building licence.

If you have an enquiry about LDP requirements, please contact our Planning team.

LDPs within the Shire

The LDPs that operate within the Shire are listed below: