Strategic Planning


Planning in NSW is largely governed by the following two pieces of legislation:

While the Act and the Regulation provide the overarching structure for planning in NSW, there are a number of other statutory documents that support that structure.

The two most commonly used are State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) and Local Environmental Plans (LEPs).

There are approximately 66 State policies and that outline the NSW Government’s approach to dealing with planning issues specific to the State and people of NSW. State policies are made by the Governor on the recommendations of the Minister for Planning and updated as required.

Although the rules and guidelines for land use within council areas are dictated to some degree by State Environmental Planning Policies, councils can administer more specific rules about land use through their Local Environmental Plan, and can provide additional guidance in their Development Control Plans (DCPs).

Council's Strategic Planning Division creates, maintains and reviews long-term strategies for land use in the municipality.

The division assists Council to manage development and preserve the character of Kiama and also coordinates and prepares planning strategies including:

Local Environmental Plan

Our Strategic Planning team is also responsible for a range of other functions including producing Planning Certificates under Section 10.7 (previously Section 149 certificates), and maintaining the Heritage schedule and database.