Rural Lands Strategy
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 consultation throughout the community.
As a result of the adopted Rural Lands Strategy, Council prepared a Rural Lands Planning Proposal (the Planning Proposal) to implement the recommendations of the Strategy. A planning proposal is a document explaining the intended effect of changes to a Local Environment Plan (LEP) and justifying the need for making the new plan.
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.
A Council report was prepared in response to the submissions and was considered at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 28 August 2018. Council endorsed the Planning Proposal on this day and the proposal went to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (the Department) on 18 December 2018.
The Planning Proposal is at the final stage of assessment and is currently with the Department for a final review, and to make the new LEP consistent with the changes detailed in the proposal.
Presentations in response to submissions made
You can read the presentation made to Council in response to submissions from NSW Government agencies, and the presentation in response to all submissions:
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