Planning proposals

A planning proposal must be submitted to Council if you wish to make any changes to statutory documents.

Ku-ring-gai Council's current statutory plan is the Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan 2015.

A planning proposal requires a legal town planning process which may result in an amendment to Local Environmental Plan. The amendment could change the zoning and standards of a site or sites, and/or activities permissible on a site.  

View Council's planning proposal process flowchart(PDF, 63KB)

Planning proposal tracker 

The Planning Proposal Tracker provides a summary table of all current and historical planning proposals considered by Council.

Planning Proposal Tracker

Pre-planning proposal meeting application

Consultation with Council through a pre-planning proposal meeting must be undertaken at the start of the application process. At this meeting, staff will discuss your proposal, identify key issues and the extent of evidence required to justify your proposal. Written feedback will be provided. 

To apply for a pre-planning proposal meeting, complete the application form in full. The fee is required to be paid on the lodgement of the application.

Below are links to the application form and other documents you will need to refer to:

Application form to request a pre-planning proposal meeting(PDF, 141KB)

Checklist sheet from Department of Planning and Environment - A Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals(PDF, 45KB)

Application costs - pre-planning proposal meeting

The fees for a pre-planning proposal meeting cover the costs for Council staff, advice on your planning proposal and preparation of meeting minutes confirming that advice. Refer to the table below for charges. Check with Council staff if you are unsure which fees should apply. 

Pre-planning proposal meeting category

Fee

Major amendments
Planning proposal application seeking amendment/s to an LEP involving sites over 5000 sqm in area, or sites with complex planning issues

Mandatory first meeting

$3,604.25

Second and subsequent meetings

$1,200

Non-minor amendments
Planning proposal application seeking amendment/s to an LEP involving sites less than 5000 sqm in area or multiple lots, or mapping changes

Mandatory first meeting

$2,500

Second and subsequent meetings

$1,200

Minor amendments
Pre-planning proposal meeting application seeking amendment/s to an LEP including adding/removing a heritage item, or changing the wording of a clause, or adding/removing a use to a zoning table that does not require complex assessment or mapping changes

Mandatory first meeting

$1,235.86

Applying for a planning proposal

A planning proposal must include detailed information. Council strongly recommends you employ a qualified town planner to prepare your proposal. They can advise you about the specialist advice necessary to support your case.

To submit a planning proposal, complete the application form in full. Fees are payable once Council has notified the applicant by letter that their application package is complete.

Below are links to the application form and other documents you will need to refer to:

Application costs - planning proposal

The fees covers assessment, reporting, community notifications, state agency consultation, documentation for the Department of Planning Industry and Environment, review of submissions and progression of the planning proposal to finalisation. Refer to the table below for charges. Check with Council staff if you are unsure of which fees would apply.

Fees will be requested by Council in a letter acknowledging that the planning proposal application has included all documentation required. The fee submission form must accompany the fee payment:

Fee submission form(PDF, 95KB)

Advertising fees are to be paid separately and will be requested if a Gateway Determination enables the exhibition of the planning proposal.

Planning proposal applications

Fee

Major amendments: Planning proposal application seeking amendment/s to an LEP involving sites over 5000 sqm in area, or sites with complex planning issues.

$62,500 plus advertising costs

Non-minor amendments: Planning proposal application seeking amendment/s to an LEP involving sites less than 5000 sqm in area or multiple lots, or mapping changes.

$31,500 plus advertising costs

Minor amendments: Planning proposal application seeking amendment to an LEP involving amendment/s including adding or removing a heritage item, or changing the wording of a clause, or adding or removing a use to a zoning table that does not require complex assessment or mapping changes.

$14,000 plus advertising costs

 

Reclassification of public land

$20,000 plus Public Hearing and advertising costs

All planning proposal applications are subject to advertising costs payable upon Gateway Determination approval.

$3,958

Where an application results in additional assessment or review of the planning proposal at any stage of the process, an hourly rate will be charged for extra work undertaken by council staff.

$212 per hour

Reviews of decisions

In the interests of fairness and accountability, there are two review mechanisms for the Gateway process.

  1. Rezoning reviews may be requested by an applicant (proponent) before a planning proposal has been submitted to the Department for a Gateway Determination, if a Council has not supported a planning proposal; or failed to indicate support 90 days after the proponent submitted a request; or has failed to submit a planning proposal for a Gateway Determination within a reasonable time after indicating its support. These reviews are carried out independently by a planning panel.
  2. Gateway reviews may be requested by a Council or applicant following a Gateway Determination. These reviews are advised by the Greater Sydney Commission for proposals that relate to land within the Greater Sydney Region.

Refer to Department of Planning and Environment’s website for Gateway review information.