What are the proposed changes?

The proposed Development Control Plan (DCP) amendments relate to five matters as follows:

  1. Deferred Areas (Anomalies);
  2. Moonee Release Area Development Contributions Plan ('Contributions Plan');
  3. Biodiversity;
  4. Other DCP Map Changes; and
  5. Miscellaneous Housekeeping Amendments.

Deferred Areas (Anomalies)

On the 27 July 2018, Coffs Harbour (Local Environmental Plan) LEP 2013 (Amendment No.8) – Deferred Areas was formally made by NSW Planning and Environment. This LEP amendment made three changes to land use zones that resulted in inconsistencies with DCP 2015. The LEP amendment also introduced a Key Sites Map, giving effect to a new clause within LEP 2013 (Clause 7.19) which requires certain matters to be addressed before development consent can be granted for certain land uses.

This report seeks to amend DCP 2015 to address inconsistencies created by the Deferred Areas LEP Amendment, as follows:

  • Amending the Front Setbacks Map; Side and Rear Setbacks Map; and Density Map to reflect the changes to land use zones;
  • Amending the West Moonee Masterplan map boundary to reflect changes to land use zones;
  • Updating Special Area Controls within Chapter G13 West Moonee to address the requirements of the Key Sites Map referenced in Clause 7.19 of LEP 2013, including the inclusion of a new staging plan, subdivision layout and updated environmental requirements.

Moonee Release Area Development Contributions Plan

As part of the making of LEP 2013 (Amendment No. 8) – Deferred Areas, NSW Planning and Environment made three changes to land use zones that have resulted in inconsistencies with the maps contained within the Contributions Plan. In this regard, the proposed housekeeping amendments include updates to the maps contained within the Contributions Plan. Amendments are also proposed to pedestrian, shared paths and cycleways in the Contributions Plan to rectify inconsistencies with DCP 2015.

Biodiversity

The Preservation of Vegetation Map has been updated following an analysis of 2018 high resolution aerial photography. In this regard, the Preservation of Vegetation Map has been updated to remove areas affected by canopy shading and clearing approved through development applications. The Map has also been updated to incorporate areas meeting the definition of ‘prescribed vegetation’ following a number of LEP amendments.

A number of other minor amendments are proposed to Chapter E1 Biodiversity of DCP 2015 to incorporate administrative updates designed to provide greater guidance and clarity for customers, such as updated and expanded exceptions and notes.

DCP Map Changes

This has resulted in inconsistencies with the Front Setbacks Map, Side and Rear Setbacks Map and Density Map within DCP 2015. This report seeks to rectify this inconsistency by amending these maps to accord with the new land use zones within the Deferred Areas.

Amendments are also proposed to the Preservation of Vegetation Map within DCP 2015 due to recent aerial photography analysis (as discussed previously in this report) and to address LEP amendments for Korora Basin (LEP 2013 (Amendment No 14), as made on the 21 September 2018) and Corindi Beach (draft LEP 2013 (Amendment No 18) currently in progress).

Miscellaneous Housekeeping Amendments

Minor DCP amendments proposed as part of this housekeeping review includes the introduction of a Schedule of Amendments in Part I of DCP 2015. This inclusion will assist in documenting all amendments that have occurred to date.

Appendix 2 of DCP 2015 – Guideline for Preparing Vegetation Management Plans has been amended to provide further guidance and to rectify minor anomalies.

Appendix 3 of DCP 2015 – Landscaping Species and Undesirable Weed Species has been updated to address new and emerging weed species and additional local native species to encourage landscaping plans to increase the use of species endemic to the Coffs Harbour region. 

Please refer to the Council Report and Attachment 1 and Attachment 2 for further details.