Local Environment Plan

Local Environment Plan

The Richmond Valley LEP is based upon the State’s Standard Instrument LEP Template. Richmond Valley’s LEP is available for review and maps at NSW Legislation Website. Use the table of contents below to search the NSW Legislation website for the relevant chapters and maps.

Part 1 Preliminary 
>Clause 1.1 Name of Plan
> Clause 1.1AA Commencement
> Clause 1.2 Aims of Plan
> Clause 1.3 Land to which Plan applies
> Clause 1.4 Definitions
> Clause 1.5 Notes
> Clause 1.6 Consent authority
> Clause 1.7 Maps
> Clause 1.8 Repeal of planning instruments applying to land
> Clause 1.8A Savings provision relating to development applications
> Clause 1.9 Application of SEPPs
> Clause 1.9A Suspension of covenants, agreements and instruments

Part 2 Permitted or prohibited development 
>Clause 2.1 Land use zones
> Clause 2.2 Zoning of land to which Plan applies
> Clause 2.3 Zone objectives and Land Use Table
> Clause 2.4 Unzoned land
> Clause 2.5 Additional permitted uses for particular land
> Clause 2.6 Subdivision—consent requirements
> Clause 2.7 Demolition requires development consent
> Clause 2.8 Temporary use of land

Land Use Table 
>Zone RU1 Primary Production
> Zone RU3 Forestry
> Zone RU5 Village
> Zone R1 General Residential
> Zone R5 Large Lot Residential
> Zone B1 Neighbourhood Centre
> Zone B2 Local Centre
> Zone B3 Commercial Core
> Zone IN1 General Industrial
> Zone SP1 Special Activities
> Zone SP2 Infrastructure
> Zone RE1 Public Recreation
> Zone RE2 Private Recreation
> Zone E1 National Parks and Nature Reserves
> Zone E2 Environmental Conservation
> Zone E3 Environmental Management
> Zone W1 Natural Waterways
> Zone W2 Recreational Waterways

Part 3 Exempt and complying development

>Clause 3.1 Exempt development
> Clause 3.2 Complying development
> Clause 3.3 Environmentally sensitive areas excluded

Part 4 Principal development standards 
>Clause 4.1 Minimum subdivision lot size
> Clause 4.1AA Minimum subdivision lot size for community title schemes
> Clause 4.1A Minimum subdivision lot size for strata plan schemes in certain rural, residential and environmental protection zones
> Clause 4.1B Minimum lot sizes for dual occupancies
> Clause 4.1C Exceptions to minimum lot size for dual occupancies
> Clause 4.2 Rural subdivision
> Clause 4.2A Exceptions to minimum lot sizes for certain rural subdivisions
> Clause 4.2B Erection of dual occupancies (attached) or dwelling houses on land in certain rural and environmental protection zones
> Clause 4.3 Height of buildings
> Clause 4.4 Floor space ratio
> Clause 4.5 Calculation of floor space ratio and site area
> Clause 4.6 Exceptions to development standards

Part 5 Miscellaneous provisions 
>Clause 5.1 Relevant acquisition authority
> Clause 5.1A Development on land intended to be acquired for public purposes
> Clause 5.2 Classification and reclassification of public land
> Clause 5.3 Development near zone boundaries
> Clause 5.4 Controls relating to miscellaneous permissible uses
> Clause 5.5 Development within the coastal zone
> Clause 5.6 Architectural roof features
> Clause 5.7 Development below mean high water mark
> Clause 5.8 Conversion of fire alarms
> Clause 5.9 Preservation of trees or vegetation
> Clause 5.9AA Trees or vegetation not prescribed by development control plan
> Clause 5.10 Heritage conservation
> Clause 5.11 Bush fire hazard reduction
> Clause 5.12 Infrastructure development and use of existing buildings of the Crown
> Clause 5.13 Eco-tourist facilities

Part 6 Additional local provisions
>Clause 6.1 Acid sulfate soils
> Clause 6.2 Essential services
> Clause 6.3 Earthworks
> Clause 6.4 Protection of historic New Italy village area
> Clause 6.5 Flood planning
> Clause 6.6 Terrestrial biodiversity
> Clause 6.7 Landslide risk
> Clause 6.8 Riparian land and watercourses
> Clause 6.9 Drinking water catchments
> Clause 6.10 Wetlands
> Clause 6.11 Airspace operations
> Clause 6.12 Development in areas subject to aircraft noise
> Clause 6.13 Development of The Glebe, Coraki
> Clause 6.14 Rural workers’ dwellings
> Clause 6.15 Location of sex services premises

Schedule 1 Additional permitted uses 

Schedule 2 Exempt development 

Schedule 3 Complying development 

Schedule 4 Classification and reclassification of public land 

Schedule 5 Environmental heritage 


LEP Mapping

Richmond Valley Local Environmental Plan 2012 contains a number of different maps. These maps are presented on a basic 1:80000 scale grid with, optional insets provided where additional detail at 1:20000 scale is required. The layout of this grid and the numbering of map sheets is shown in Figure 1.

Note. Sheets with an A, B or C in the label are insets covering towns and villages. These sheets have only been used where additional detailed mapping has warranted their use.

The LEP Map types used in the Richmond Valley LEP 2012 are:

  • Land Application Map – LAP – Displays the coverage for the LEP. In this case it covers the entire Richmond Valley Council Local Government Area.
  • Land Zone Map – LZN – Displays the Zoning for land.
  • Lot Size Map – LSZ – Provides the minimum lot size for subdivision.
  • Height of Buildings Map – HOB – Determines the maximum height of buildings.
  • Heritage Map – HER – Displays items of Heritage and Conservation Areas.
  • Land Reservation Acquisition Map – LRA – Identifies land required for public purposes such as for National Park or Upgrading of the Pacific Highway.
  • Dwelling Opportunity Map – DWE – Maps dwelling opportunities carried over from the previous Planning Schemes.
  • Acid Sulfate Soils Map – ASS – Displays likely acid sulfate soil hazard and class of the hazard.
  • Natural Resources – Terrestrial Biodiversity – BIO – Overlay mapping for native vegetation and habitat corridors.
  • Natural Resources – Wetlands – CL1 – Overlay mapping wetland areas.
  • Natural Resources – Landslide Risk Map – LRI – Overlay mapping
  • Natural Resources – Riparian Land and Watercourses – CL1 – Overlay mapping waterways identified by NSW DPI – Fisheries as important for fishery health. Includes a 40m buffer.
  • Drinking Water Catchments – DWC – Overlay mapping for the drinking water catchments for Casino Township and the Rous Water Woodburn ground water bores (+500m buffer).

The official maps are provided in PDF format on the NSW Legislation Website. Use the grid map below as a guideline to help search the NSW Legislation Website

Figure 1 – Diagram illustrating the grid layout and numbering of sheets for the Richmond Valley LEP 2012.

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