Plans & Strategies

1. State Environmental Planning Polices (SEPP’s) 

State Environmental Planning Polices (SEPP’s) are pieces of legislation prepared by the state government under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. SEPP’s override any existing Council policies or local planning documents, including the Development Control Plan and the Local Environmental Plan to the extent of any inconsistency. SEPP’s may be introduced, amended or removed at any time.

For any given development, a multitude of different SEPP’s may apply. SEPP’s can apply to either a particular kind of development, development occurring in a particular area to which that SEPP applies. SEPP’s often contain additional or alternate requirements, considerations or approval processes for developments to which they apply.

Some of the more commonly referred to SEPP’s are listed below (Note: This is not an exhaustive list):

  • State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008- Specifies the kinds of development that do not require any approval or certification (exempt development) and the kinds of development that only need to certified by an accredited certifier in order to be approved (complying development).
  • State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011- Requires any development requiring consent in the Sydney drinking water catchment to demonstrate a neutral or beneficial impact on water quality. This catchment covers the vast majority of Goulburn Mulwaree, including all urban areas. 
  • State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) 2004- Requires that development applications and complying developments for dwellings and most kinds of additions or alterations to dwellings be accompanied with a BASIX certification, which requires a minimum level of sustainable design.
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 55—Remediation of Land- Requires all developments requiring consent to consider the possibility of land contamination and address any increased likelihood of contamination in accordance with the accompanying guidelines (Note: this policy is being reviewed- no review deadline has been specified).

SEPP’s can be found under the Environmental Planning Instrument section (shown as ‘EPI’) on the NSW Legislation website via this link. 

 

2. Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 

The Goulburn Mulwaree Local Environmental Plan 2009 (‘the LEP’) governs zoning and land use planning across the local government area, in addition to several miscellaneous development standards.

The formulation of the LEP largely resulted from the recommendations of the Goulburn Mulwaree Strategy 2020.  Since the LEP’s inception on 20 February 2009, other plans and strategies have informed further amendments to the LEP. To ensure that the most up to date version is used, the LEP should only be accessed via the NSW Legislation website below.

Amending the LEP requires submission of a ‘planning proposal’, in which the proponent must justify that the amendment is compliant with both Councils plans and strategies as well as the requirements put forward by the Minister of Planning in the ‘s9.4 Directions’ (formerly known as ‘s117 Directions’). A guide to preparing planning proposals and amending the LEP is provided below. A link to current and previous LEP amendments has also been provided.

Goulburn Mulwaree Local Environment Plan 2009

Locating the Maps section of the LEP

Guides for Preparing Planning Proposals and Amending the LEP

Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals(PDF, 2MB) 

Guide to Preparing Local Environmental Plans(PDF, 3MB)

Current and Previous LEP Amendments

Current and Previous LEP Amendments

3. Development Control Plan (DCP) 

The Goulburn Mulwaree Development Control Plan 2009 (‘the DCP’) contains development controls that development applications must adhere to or address. in addition, the DCP also contains controls relating to the removal of vegetation in an urban zone, whether or not a development application is required.

The original DCP came into force on 20 February 2009. The DCP has since been amended multiple times, with the latest amendment taking effect on 25 January 2019. Refer to the version table contained with the document for the most recent amendments or contact Council using the details at the bottom of the page to find out more information.

To ensure that the most up to date version is used, the DCP should only be accessed through the links below. Alternatively, a hard copy of the DCP can be viewed or purchased at the Customer Service Counter at Council’s Civic Centre, 184-194 Bourke Street, Goulburn.

Goulburn Mulwaree Development Control Plan 2009 (In Parts)

Part 1 Preliminary Click Here(PDF, 653KB)

Part 2 Plan Objectives Click Here(PDF, 2MB)

Part 3 General Development Controls Click Here(PDF, 5MB)

Part 4 Principal Development Controls - Urban Click Here(PDF, 1005KB)

Part 5 Principal Development Controls - Rural Click Here(PDF, 584KB)

Part 6 Special Development Types Click Here(PDF, 893KB)

Part 7 Engineering Requirements Click Here(PDF, 486KB)

Part 8 Site Specific Provisions Click here(PDF, 24MB)

Appendix A Criteria for the Assessment of Heritage Significance of Aboriginal Sites Click Here(PDF, 355KB)

Appendix B Preferred Planting Species Click Here(PDF, 199KB)

Appendix C Not in Use

Appendix D Development Application Checklist Click Here(PDF, 184KB)

Appendix E Not in Use

Appendix F Telecommunications Policy Click Here(PDF, 206KB)

Appendix G Landscape Policy: Site analysis, Preparing a Landscape Plan Click Here(PDF, 675KB)

Appendix H Heritage Impact Statement Requirements Click Here(PDF, 289KB)

Appendix I Goulburn Mulwaree Good Design Statement 2005 Click Here(PDF, 899KB)

Goulburn Mulwaree Development Control Plan 2009 (Whole Document)

DCP Whole Document 20MB Click Here(PDF, 32MB)

4. Contributions Plans and VPA’s 

S64 Contributions Plans

The current Development Servicing Plan for Water Supply, Sewerage and Stormwater (DSP) charges were adopted by Council resolution on the 8th November 2017. The points below indicate when the current DSP applies:

  1. The current DSP charges will apply to all Development Applications (DA’s) received after the Council adoption date of the new DSP (8 November 2017).
  2. The previous DSP charges apply for all DA's received prior to the adoption of the current DSP, provided that the DSP charges were paid for in the 17/18 financial year. If the DSP charges are paid after 30 June 2018, charges under the current DSP apply.
  3. DSP charges applicable under the current plan will apply to all DA's with existing Section 306 conditions if they were not paid in the 17/18 financial year.

The current DSP charges will increase in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) each financial year until the plan is reviewed and any new charges are adopted by Council.

Links

The current Development Servicing Plan for Water Supply, Sewerage and Stormwater is available below:

Development Servicing Plan for Water Supply, Sewerage and Stormwater Click Here(PDF, 11MB)

Supporting stormwater plans are available below:

Water Sensitive Urban Design Report - Clyde Street Click Here(PDF, 2MB)

Water Sensitive Urban Drainage Report - Common Street Click Here(PDF, 903KB)

Drawings - Common Street Click Here(PDF, 1MB)

Water Sensitive Urban Design Report - Ducks Lane Click Here(PDF, 937KB)

Drawings - Ducks Lane Click Here(PDF, 174KB)

Water Sensitive Urban Design Report - Marys Mount Click Here(PDF, 624KB)

Drainage Corridors Vegetation Management Plan - Marys Mount Click Here(PDF, 2MB)

Drawings - Marys Mount Click Here(PDF, 1MB)

Stormwater Master Plan - Marulan Click Here(PDF, 3MB)

Contact Details

Utilities Directorate
Phone: 02 4823 4444
Email:council@goulburn.nsw.gov.au

s7.11 & s7.12 Contributions Plans (Prev. s94 & 94a)

A section 7.11 or 7.12 contributions plan enables a council to require a developer to make a contribution towards the provision, extension or augmentation of public infrastructure, amenities and services that will, or are likely to be, required as a consequence of certain development.  These plans are prepared in accordance with what is now section 7.11 and 7.12 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act)(previously sections 94 and 94a).

Two (2) contributions plans apply in the Goulburn Mulwaree local government area:

  • The Goulburn Mulwaree Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2009, prepared in accordance with what is now s7.11 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. This plan applies to the Marys Mount Urban Release Area, the Clyde Street development area to the north-west of Goulburn, the Ducks Lane area to the south-west of Goulburn, the Common Street Business Park to the north-east of Goulburn, all extractive industries and other development involving heavy vehicle traffic movement.
  • The Section 94A Levy Development Contributions Plan 2009, prepared in accordance with what is now s7.12 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. This plan applies to all other development that is not subject to the Goulburn Mulwaree Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2009.
  • Contribution payments can only be made with a Summary of Charges that is within the current financial year. Payments are to be made in line with the imposed condition on the Notice of Determination. For s7.12 (94a) contributions this requires submission of a Cost Summary Report or a registered Quantity Surveyor’s detailed cost report. Templates are available below:

    S7.12 Contributions Cost Summary Report Template(PDF, 83KB)

    S7.12 Contributions Registered Quantity Surveyor’s Detailed Cost Report Template(PDF, 85KB)

Amendment No. 3

On the 7 June 2016, Council approved s94 Amendment No. 3 which became effective on 23 June 2016. The purpose of Amendment No. 3 was to amend Goulburn Mulwaree Section 94 Contributions Plan 2009 to:

  • Update the cents per tonne per kilometre rate for heavy haulage development to 4.62 cents.
  • Specify that the indexation of contributions for heavy haulage development is to be based on the Producer Price Index.
  • Specify that contributions for heavy haulage development can be levied on the basis of either the mass of haulage material (in tonnes) transported to or from the site (where verifiable tonnage receipts can be provided) or the number of laden equivalent standard axles (ESAs) generated by the development.
  • Make minor corrections and administrative changes

Links

Goulburn Mulwaree Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2009 Click Here(PDF, 2MB)

Section 94A Levy Development Contributions Plan 2009 Click Here(PDF, 572KB)

VPA Register 

The voluntary planning agreements register contains copies of all executed VPAs entered into by Council.

VPA Register

5. Engineering and Policy Requirements 

Engineering Requirements 

Standards for Engineering Works can be accessed via the following links.

Construction Specifications(PDF, 6MB) 

Design Specifications(PDF, 1MB)

Preface and Supplementary Notes(PDF, 210KB)

Standard Drawings(PDF, 3MB)

Stormwater Drainage Design Handbook(PDF, 2MB)

Water and Sewer Standards

Council Policies 

Council's Policies can be accessed via the link below.

Council Policies

 

6. Other Plans, Studies and Strategies 

CBD Master Plan

EDAW in partnership with AECOM were engaged by Council to develop a masterplan for Goulburn’s Central Business District (CBD) in 2008.

The preparation of the CBD Masterplan was guided by a Working Party comprising Councillor’s and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Goulburn Heritage Group and landowners.

The CBD Masterplan was developed around the following eight principles:

  1. Economic viability
  2. Social values
  3. Heritage values
  4. Urban structure
  5. Views and vistas
  6. Built form
  7. Landscape setting +public domain
  8. Access + movement

Contact Details

Strategic Planning
Phone: 02 4823 4444
Email: council@goulburn.nsw.gov.au

Links

CBD Master Plan - Part 1 Click Here(PDF, 13MB)

CBD Master Plan - Part 2 Click Here(PDF, 12MB)

Traffic Study Click Here(PDF, 2MB)

Economic Assessment Click Here(PDF, 1MB)

Heritage Report Click Here(PDF, 3MB)

Interim Report 1 Click Here(PDF, 14MB)

Adopted Work Program - 17 November 2009 (Revised) Click Here(PDF, 64KB)

Community Strategic Plan

The Goulburn Mulwaree Community Strategic Plan can be found under Integrated Planning & Reporting (IPR)

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Council is required to undertake disability inclusion action planning under the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014.

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan encompasses four key focus areas:

  1. Developing positive attitudes and behaviours in our community;
  2. Creating communities that are nice for people to live in;
  3. Helping people find good jobs and work they like doing; and
  4. Having good ways of doing things that will help people use our services.

The plan was adopted by Council on the 12 December 2017.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan Click Here(PDF, 356KB)

Employment Land Strategy

HillPDA were engaged by Goulburn Mulwaree Council to prepare a strategy informing Council and stakeholders on how to best support existing employment lands and identify new opportunities for encouraging employment business development through land use and infrastructure planning.

The resulting Employment Land Strategy provides the following:

  1. An assessment of the availability and demand for employment lands.
  2. Consideration of the drivers for economic growth and emerging industries.
  3. Recommendations to amend the Goulburn Mulwaree Local Environmental Plan 2009.
  4. Integrating the planning analysis and recommendations to support the economic development/marketing activities of Council, in particular to future industries and employers.

The Employment Land Strategy was adopted by Council on the 20 December 2016.

Links

Employment Land Strategy Click Here(PDF, 5MB)

Employment Land Strategy - Background Report Click Here(PDF, 5MB)

Employment Land Strategy - Public Exhibition Outcomes Report Click Here(PDF, 469KB)

Contact Details

Strategic Planning
Phone: 02 4823 4434
Email: council@goulburn.nsw.gov.au

Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan 2003

The Wollondilly River and Mulwaree Chain-of-Ponds Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan was carried out for Council in 2003 by SMEC. Goulburn has since experienced major flood events in June 2007, December 2010 and March 2012.

The Wollondilly River and Mulwaree Chain-of-Ponds Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan remains current for the purposes of flood planning. However Council has since adopted the 2016 Wollondilly and Mulwaree Rivers Flood Study which includes updates to the modelling of flooding extents. The 2016 flood study will be followed by a floodplain risk management study and plan, due to be completed by 2021, which will supersede this document.

The current Study and Plan is available in four (4) volumes via the links below.

Volume 1 Floodplain Risk Management Study Executive Summary and Report Click Here(PDF, 5MB)

Volume 2 Appendices and Drawings Click Here(PDF, 2MB)

Volume 3 Floodplain Risk Management Study Click Here(PDF, 2MB)

Volume 4 Draft Native Vegetation Enhancement Strategy Click Here(PDF, 2MB)

Flood Study 2016

The Wollondilly and Mulwaree Rivers Flood Study study was completed in 2016 by WMA Water.  Goulburn has experienced a number of major flood events following the adoption of the 2003 Wollondilly River and Mulwaree Chain-of-Ponds Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan, the 2016 flood study has included the data from these more recent flood events. 

Currently, the 2003 Wollondilly River and Mulwaree Chain-of-Ponds Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan remains the current for the purposes of flood planning. However Council is currently in the process of preparing a new flood plain risk management study and plan that will supersede this by 2021.  As part of this process, Council has will establish a Floodplain Risk Management Committee to focus on flood related technical, social, economic, environment and cultural issues.

The flood study is available below:

Goulburn Flood Study - Final Report Click Here(PDF, 37MB)

Biodiversity Strategy

The Goulburn Mulwaree Biodiversity Strategy presents an outline of biodiversity within the Goulburn Mulwaree local government area and provides an overview of areas of high conservation value. The strategy also suggests actions for maintaining or improving the biodiversity within the LGA.

The strategy and associated documents can be viewed via the following links:

Goulburn Mulwaree Biodiversity Strategy Click Here(PDF, 1021KB)

Appendices 1 Click Here(PDF, 268KB)

Appendices 2 Click Here(PDF, 213KB)

Mountain Ash Road Flora Fliers

Mountain Ash Road Flora - Flier 1 Click Here(PDF, 777KB)

Mountain Ash Road Flora - Flier 2 Click Here(PDF, 857KB)

Mountain Ash Road Flora - Flier 3 Click Here(PDF, 968KB)

Mountain Ash Road Flora - Flier 4 Click Here(PDF, 749KB)

Pre 1750 & Current Vegetation Formations Click here(PDF, 7MB)

Threatened Species Potential Habitat Report - Tallong Village Click Here(PDF, 614KB)

Tallong Midge Orchid Habitat(PDF, 405KB)

Bush fire Prone Land Map

The Bush fire Prone Land Map is prepared by the NSW Rural Fire Service in consultation with local councils. Since of 2019, the NSW Rural Fire Services updated the Bush fire Prone Land Map to also include most grasslands in the local government area as bush fire prone land.

To check if your property is located in bush fire prone land Click Here

Contact Details

Development Control
Phone: 02 4823 4444
Email: council@goulburn.nsw.gov.au

Heritage Study Review

The Heritage Study Review was prepared by Barker Ryan Stewart Pty Ltd and Sue Rosen and Associates and was adopted by Council on 20 February 2018. The purpose of the document was to review and update previous heritage studies and create the first comprehensive study for the Goulburn Mulwaree local government area.

The outcomes of the Heritage Study Review informed Amendment 6 to the Goulburn Mulwaree Development Control Plan 2009 and is expected to inform future amendments to the Goulburn Mulwaree Local Environmental Plan 2009.

The Heritage Study Review is available via the link below:

Goulburn Mulwaree Heritage Study Review Click Here(PDF, 8MB)

Goulburn Mulwaree Strategy 2020 

The Goulburn Mulwaree Strategy 2020 was prepared by Parsons Brinckerhoff and was adopted by Council on 20 February 2009. This strategy largely informed the creation of the original Goulburn Mulwaree Development Control Plan 2009, the Goulburn Mulwaree Development Control Plan 2009, Goulburn Mulwaree Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2009 and the Section 94A Levy Development Contributions Plan 2009. All of these plans have since been amended over the following years either as the need arose or as a result of subsequent strategies or plans. It is expected that this strategy will be completely superseded following the introduction of a Local Strategic Planning Statement, due to be completed in 2020.

The Goulburn Mulwaree Strategy 2020 is available below:

Goulburn Mulwaree Strategy 2020 Click Here(PDF, 2MB)

Rural Living Handbook

The Rural Living Handbook is targeted at residents living on the land in Goulburn Mulwaree. It informs land owners of the many resources available to them, as well as the requirements and responsibilities of living on the land.

Rural Living Handbook - updated 2017 Click Here(PDF, 18MB)

Rural Living Handbook 2007-2009 Click Here(PDF, 2MB)

South Goulburn Endangered/Threatened Species Management Plan

The South Goulburn Endangered/Threatened Species Management Plan was prepared and adopted in 2004 for the purposes of:

  • Identifying locations of threatened or endangered vegetation in the South Goulburn area.
  • Determining the relative significance of vegetation stands.
  • Examining existing land use patterns and committed development as they relate to remnant vegetation.
  • Developing an approach to balance the competing objectives of vegetation preservation and development expectations.
  • Seeking endorsement from NPWS and landowners as a framework for assessing future development proposals and ongoing land management for vegetation preservation.

South Goulburn Endangered/Threatened Species Management Plan Click Here(PDF, 5MB)

Southern Tablelands Regional Economic Development Strategy 

The Southern Tablelands Regional Economic Development Strategy 2018–2022 sets out a long term economic vision and associated strategy for the three (3) local government areas of Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan Shire and Yass Valley.

Southern Tablelands Regional Economic Development Plan Click Here(PDF, 6MB)
Southern Tablelands REDS Supporting Analysis Click Here(PDF, 19MB)

South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036

The South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036 is the NSW Government’s 20-year blueprint for the future of the South East and Tablelands region of NSW.  This plan acts as the overarching strategic plan for the region, guiding the implementation of Local Strategic Planning Statements (due to be completed in mid-2020) and the assessment of planning proposals such as rezoning’s as well as supporting key infrastructure and policy priorities for the region.

The South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036 supersedes the previous Sydney-to-Canberra Corridor Regional Strategy.

The plan can be accessed using the link below

The South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036

Transport Freight and Logistics Research Paper

The Transport Freight and Logistics Research Paper was prepared GHD and adopted by Council on 2 October 2018. The purpose of the paper was to identify whether or not Goulburn Mulwaree is positioned to support the growth of the Transport, Freight and Logistics Industry, in accordance with a recommendation from the Employment Land Strategy.

The paper did find that Goulburn did have a locational advantage for the development of the rail freight industry. However Council ultimately concluded that the only financially viable option for supporting the future growth of the industry would be to simply move forward in delivering the other recommendations of the Employment Land Strategy.

Transport Freight and Logistics Research Paper Click Here(PDF, 1MB)

Goulburn Mulwaree Waterways Plan

The Goulburn Mulwaree Waterways Plan was completed with assistance from Council’s Sustainability Committee.  The Waterways Plan recognises the benefit of healthy, attractive and sustainably managed waterways. 

Goulburn Mulwaree Waterways Plan Click Here(PDF, 2MB)

Lake Bathurst and the Morass Wetland Management Plan

In 2008 the Hawkes Nepean Catchment Management Authority (as it was then known) developed the Lake Bathurst and the Morass Wetland Management Plan together with WetlandCare Australia. The Wetland Management Plan aims to maintain and rehabilitate wetland habitat in Lake Bathurst and The Morass through management of threats and protection of assets, to provide a high value wetland for sustainable use by local landholders and the community.

 Lake Bathurst and the Morass Wetland Management Plan Click Here(PDF, 867KB)