Rural Lands Strategy

Last updated: January 2021

The Rural Lands Strategy (the Strategy) was first initiated in 2012, as Council sought to investigate the issues and opportunities surrounding rural areas in Eurobodalla Shire.

The purpose of the Strategy has been to encourage a vibrant commercial agriculture sector, increase rural living opportunities and support the growth of rural business opportunities, including tourism. At the same time, the Strategy seeks to balance the rural economic outcomes with the requirements to conserve the biodiversity and landscape qualities of Eurobodalla’s private lands.

The Strategy was adopted by Council in 2016 after extensive engagement throughout the community.

Council prepared a Rural Lands Planning Proposal to amend the Eurobodalla Local Environment Plan 2021 (LEP) to implement the planning recommendations in the adopted Rural Lands Strategy.

  • Consistent with NSW Government requirements, Council placed the Rural Lands Planning Proposal on public exhibition from 9 May 2018 to 22 June 2018 and received a number submissions.
  • These submissions and an accompanying report was considered at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 28 August 2018, where Council endorsed the Planning Proposal.
  • The proposal was submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on 18 December 2018.
  • The planning amendment took effect on 11 October 2019, resulting in the Eurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012 being amended largely in accordance to the original Rural Lands planning proposal sent to the Department of Planning and Environment.
  • The differences between what took effect and the planning proposal were changes in the proposed minimum lot sizes for several rural properties in the areas of Neringla, Merricumbene, Cadgee/Eurobodalla and Dignams Creek. Council notified these property owners of the changes and requested they contact the Department of Planning and Environment for further information. The Department stated that the changes were the result of ongoing concerns they had regarding bushfire risk in these areas.
  • The amended Eurobodalla Local Environment Plan 2012 can be viewed on the NSW legislation website.

Project details

What has happened so far

A list of activities that have already taken place relating to the Rural Lands Strategy and Planning Proposal

Planning Proposal Rural Lands Strategy and other matters

Council has been working on a planning proposal to implement the Strategy recommendations relating to the Eurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012.

Guide to the Rural Lands Planning Proposal

Planning Proposal, Rural Lands and other matters, includes maps and information relating to different areas within Eurobodalla. This guide to the Planning Proposal will help you find out how it relates to your property.

Frequently asked questions about the Rural Lands Strategy Planning Proposal

Read answers to common questions about the Rural Lands Strategy and subsequent planning proposal.

Rural Lands Strategy project documents

Documents related to the Rural Lands Strategy project.

Rural Lands Strategy - adopted 23 February 2016

Rural Lands Strategy - adopted 23 February 2016

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